Aroma: Woody, dry, smoky, balsamic, and slightly camphoraceous with a hint of spice
Latin Name: Cedrus deodora
Country of Origin: India
Cultivation Method: Harvested from wild growing plants
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Extracted From: Wood
Color: Pale greenish/yellow
Perfumery Note: Middle
Aromatherapy Properties: Spiritually enlightening, comforting, and reviving. Some consider the scent to have an aphrodisiac quality.
Suggested Use: This is a great aroma for grounding. It has also been used to help with respiratory congestion. In perfumery, it is considered a fixative that helps hold the scent of lighter oils in a blend longer.
As with other cedar oils, this oil can be used to help repel insects. Or, place tissues with drops of cedarwood and lavender in your closet to help keep moths out.
Topically, Himalayan cedarwood can be added to jojoba oil and used for oily skin. Dilute to 2% in a carrier oil with topical use. This equals about 10 drops of essential oil per ounce of jojoba or other carrier oil. Dilute more heavily with sensitive skin.
History: Also called Tibetan cedarwood, Himalayan cedarwood has been a popular incense ingredient, and is commonly burned in Tibetan temples.
What is the Difference between Cedarwood Virginia, Atlas Cedarwood, and Himalayan Cedarwood?
- Cedarwood Virginia is not a true cedar and belongs to the Juniperus genus. It has a very different chemistry with cedrenes and thujopsene as its key constituents. Its aroma is woodsy and dry
- Atlas cedarwood and Himalayan cedarwood are both true cedars, belonging to the Cedrus genus. These two essential oils have himachalenes as the main constituent. Himalayan also does contain about 14% beta-cedrene. Both the true cedars offer a more complex aroma profile than cedarwood Virginia. Atlas has mysterious smoky and spicy tone. Himalayan has a hint of earthy and pine-like notes.
Specific Safety Information: Not for internal use. Dilute with topical use. Some essential oils may be contraindicated with certain medical conditions. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure a disease.