For therapeutic use, the only recognised oil of cedar is that from the Atlantic, or Atlas, cedar which grows in Morocco.
Antiseptic: cedar wood oil is a natural antiseptic which can prevent the development and growth of harmful microorganisms that can negatively affect skin's health. The wood and its oil were used in embalming by the Ancient Egyptians. Later, Dioscorides and Galen in the first and second centuries mentioned a species of tree which they called cedrium, whose resin preserved the body from putrefaction. Cedarwood oil can help to minimise skin irritation.
Antispasmodic: promotes reduction of inflammation and muscular pain.
Regenerating: some of the molecules present in the cedarwood oil stimulate regeneration of connective tissues. Over the last 100 years, cedarwood’s beneficial effect on eczema, skin eruptions and disease has been noted, and it is highly valued in dermatology.
Sedative: relieves stress and tension.
Soothing: it can help you sleep by increasing serotonin production and parasympathetic activity. This oil has a calming and soothing effect on the mind.