Personally, I have only ever used Atlas Cedarwood also known as Moroccan Cedarwood, Atlantic Cedar, African Cedar, or Libanol.
According to edenbotanicals.com Atlas Cedarwood and Himalayan Cedarwood are the only two that they would recommend.
The Cedarwood essential oil of this variety comes from a large, aromatic tree which has historically been used for medicine and cosmetics.
I partially agree with Eden Botanicals but I would add two more to the list: Cyprian and Lebanese, these are also true cedar. So, to summarize, the best type of Cedarwood essential oils to use if you want the real thing are those from:
Chinese, Kenya, Texas and Virginia cedarwood on the other hand are from junipers. They both have a different aroma and offer different therapeutic benefits. So, avoid cedarwood essential oil from these trees. Specifically, you want to avoid:
If you come across it, cedar leaf oil is something different altogether! It comes from a species of cypress tree and apparently can be quite toxic if wrongly used.
How To Use Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood essential oils is one of my staple essential oils. I frequently use it in Neno Natural's DIY Hair Recipes.
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13/7/2014 05:10:35 pm
So, to summarize, the best type of Cedarwood essential oils to use if you want the real thing are those from:
4/9/2015 12:39:30 pm
The reading I've done about the Juniper Cedarwood oils all say they offer the same or similar benefits as the others, and being from Texas and working with actual cedar wood on a daily basis, I can honestly say that the Juniper varieties smell MUCH more like the cedar we know and love. Almost exactly, actually. It has a distinct smell, and there's nothing quite like it. It's amazing. Those others DO NOT smell amazing. I opted for the Texas Cedarwood essential oil, which IS the real thing, because it smells WORLDS better than the Himalayan Cedarwood I bought previously. If you're looking for that specific cedar smell, and you want similar health and mood benefits, I think the juniper varieties are the only way to go.
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