This Or That: What's The Difference Between Cedarwood Essential Oils?
At Edens Garden, we offer two unique types of Cedarwood: Atlas and Himalayan. As with most oils we offer a variety of, many people want the oil but are not sure which to choose. To help make that choice a little easier, we’ve broken down for you the differences and similarities between these two fascinating oils.
Known for its similarity to the Cedar of Lebanon, and for its fixture on the White House South Lawn, Cedarwood Atlas oil isn’t as well known as the tree from which it is produced. Native to Morocco, Cedarwood Atlas is high in sesquiterpenes. It is a good choice for facial serums and lotions for its astringent and skin nourishing properties. With sedative and calming attributes, it can be added to relaxing or sleep enhancing blends. Cedarwood Atlas is also commonly used for its benefits towards breathing and helping to clear congestion.
What makes it unique from other Cedarwood oils is primarily its aroma. Cedarwood Atlas has a unique woody aroma that is unlike other cedarwoods. With sweet, green undertones and a dry finish, Cedarwood Atlas is typically classified as having a masculine aroma.
In India, Cedarwood Himalayan has frequent uses as an insecticide and for its antifungal properties and is especially sacred in Hinduism as it is believed to be divine. Aromatherapists refer to Cedarwood Himalayan as being calming and helpful to breathing, much like Cedarwood Atlas. It is also helpful as an anti-inflammatory agent and for its anti-infectious properties, making it a good choice to diffuse during cold season and also for natural cleaning products.
Cedarwood Himalayan’s aroma is woody with an overriding sweet, almost floral or fruit-like note. Its aroma is rounded and cool and blends well with Buddha Wood, Muhuhu, Patchouli, Sandalwood and other woods. It can also be added as a woody base note to sweet, floral blends.
With distinctive aromas and an excess of therapeutic uses, Cedarwood Atlas and Himalayan are both incredible essential oils. If you’re still indecisive of which to try, we recommend trying both as they are each unique, wonderful oils.