For many new to essential oils, there can be many wonderful revelations about them. When it comes to Atlas Cedar Wood essential oil, this oil is very revered and utilized heavily. It is utilized so heavily, that this particular tree in Morocco that we harvest to make essential oil is about to become extinct from over farming or is it?
The essential oil botanically named Cedrus Atlantica and commonly called Atlas Cedarwood that when full grown is 30-35 meters tall with a diameter of only 1.5-2 meters. It is a coniferous evergreen tree just like the many other evergreen species we have here in the United States.
So what's the big deal with the Atlas Cedar wood? It is just another tree after all.
Atlas Cedar is not just another tree. In fact, Cedrus Atlantica pure essential oils have been marketed for many years.
Their history goes back to Biblical times when it was for used in medicinal tinctures, perfumes, spiritual rituals in some cultures, and perhaps in tonics. So what is so great about the essential oil aside from what it used to be used for?
Today, the pure essential oil has a wonderfully rich, sweet, heady, and balsamic smell. This beautiful smell is masculine yet soft and relaxing to women and men. It also has many uses when looking at its therapeutic properties that include being an astringent, CNS sedative, decongestant, diuretic, expectorant, mucolytic, as well as tonic. After reading this small amount of information, aren't you interested in the essential oil, too?
After doing a few hours of research through reliable organizations and not essential oil companies, I found my answer. In 2004, an organization known as Cropwatch, compiled information and that questioned the livelihood of Atlas Cedar.
When I initially saw this information, I had many questions that led me to more research. I finally came to find the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). This amazing tree is in fact on the Red List and listed as endangered.
With this news and reality for the Cedrus Atlantica, once the current batch of the organic Atlas Cedarwood we carry is gone, I'll no longer offer it. Instead, I'll be looking for a viable alternative.