Cedarwood Essential Oil Benefits and History
Cedarwood essential oil comes from the oil of cedars of Lebanon trees that grow in Morocco. The oil from the trees is a syrupy, yellow, balsamic oil with a scent resembling turpentine, but that is a hint sweeter and more agreeable.
Cedarwood essential oil is known for being a comforting oil that possesses a wood-like pleasant scent. It is used to add a warm tone to any blends of colognes, perfumes or oil mixtures. Cedarwood is also thought by essential oil practitioners to bring people together and to improve their personal outlooks and self-esteem.
Cedarwood oil consists of:
During the first and second centuries, Galen and Dioscorides mentioned “cedrium” a species of tree whose resin was used to preserve bodies. This was later shown to be cedars of Lebanon. In 1698, the therapeutic nature of cedarwood's resinous matter was mentioned by Nicolas Lemery, who described it as a pulmonary and urinary antiseptic. Research conducted after that time confirmed the oil's therapeutic properties. In 1925 France, Doctors Gilbert and Michael recorded the satisfactory results that were obtained by using cedarwood oil in cases of chronic bronchitis.
The ancient Sumerians would use cedarwood oil as a base for paint making, while ancient Egyptians used it for embalming, as well as for cosmetic purposes. Sumerians would produce blue pigment by grinding cedarwood and cobalt compounds in a mortar and pestle. As part of the same process, they obtain green from copper, black from charcoal, yellow from lead antimonite, and white from gypsum.
Cedarwood oil is obtained via the steam distillation process from pieces of cedar wood.