This species of cedar is native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria, the evergreen tree can grow to breathtaking heights of 40 metres. The essential oil comes from the wood, stumps and sawdust of the tree and was traditionally used in the east to treat respiratory issues such as bronchitis.
It has a rich, woody, slightly sweet and balsamic aroma. Cedarwood can be blended together with other oils such as juniper, bergamot, neroli, rosemary, cypress, vetiver, patchouli, lavender and orange.
Cedarwood essential oil can be used in some great ways - it’s a surprisingly good ingredient to promote hair growth and control oiliness and can be found in some shampoos. You can use it along with other essential oils as a hair rinse or warm oil mask to further treat dandruff. With its natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be useful in clearing acne and relieving coughs and congestion. It’s also a natural insect repellent that keeps fleas, ticks and moths away.
Non-toxic, Non-irritant, Non-sensitising, Avoid this oil during pregnancy, Do not ingest
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