Uses & Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas)

If you’re someone who has an interest in essential oils, you’ve likely come across Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas) at some point. This oil has been used for centuries for its multitude of benefits. From promoting relaxation to serving as a natural bug repellent, Cedarwood Essential Oil has something for everyone. Not only that, but its warm, woody scent is heavenly and can help create a cozy, comforting atmosphere. Whether you’re new to using oils or a seasoned vet, Cedarwood Essential Oil is definitely one to add to your collection.

Cedarwood Atlas vs. Cedarwood Himalayan

While these two essential oils are similar in many ways, Cedarwood Atlas and Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oils both have unique characteristics to meet your aromatherapy needs. Cedarwood Atlas has a slightly camphoraceous, smoky, sweet, and woody scent that can be compared to a synthetic mothball aroma. Additionally, it supports awareness and reduces the appearance of breakouts. On the other hand, Cedarwood Himalayan has a warm, woody, rich, balsamic aroma that is slightly sweeter than the Cedarwood Atlas. It can promote rest and deter insects, along with other benefits.

Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas)

Supports Awareness

Have you ever heard of using essential oils to boost focus and concentration? If not, let me introduce you to the wonders of Cedarwood Essential Oil. In a case study1, children diagnosed with ADHD showed significant improvement in performance after using Cedarwood Essential Oil. With an 83% increase in performance, it’s no wonder many people are turning to this natural remedy to support their awareness and stay productive throughout the day.

Reduces Appearances of Blemishes

Cedarwood Essential Oil has been found to have a vast range of benefits for the skin, including reducing the appearance of blemishes. The oil possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, according to a study2, that may effectively cleanse the pores and be great for those dealing with acne-prone skin.


Cedarwood Essential Oil has a soothing aroma that evokes images of cozy cabins nestled in the woods. Moreover, according to a study3, it has an anxiolytic effect. What does this mean? In short, Cedarwood has been shown to help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of calm and well-being.

Supports Respiration

Cedarwood Essential Oil also has remarkable benefits that could support your respiratory health. In a study4 on essential oil combinations targeted towards the respiratory system, Cedarwood was found to have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities that could help tackle respiratory infections and reduce inflammation.

Soothes Scalp

If you’re looking for a natural way to soothe an itchy or inflamed scalp, look no further than Cedarwood Essential Oil. According to a recent study5, incorporating essential oils into your haircare routine can lead to remarkable improvements in the treatment of specific scalp issues. Cedarwood, has been known to alleviate scalp dysfunctions, reducing irritation and even promoting hair growth.

Cleanses Skin

Cedarwood Essential Oil does not only smell divine, but according to a study2, it also has impressive antimicrobial properties. It can help fight off harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses that can cause skin irritation and breakouts. Using cedarwood essential oil in your skincare routine can help keep your skin refreshed and looking its best.

Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses & Recipes

Skincare Recipes

Using Cedarwood Essential Oil in your DIY skincare recipes gives you the satisfaction of knowing exactly what ingredients are going onto your skin. Try adding a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or mixing it with other essential oils for a custom face serum.

  • Glow Serum

Health & Wellness Recipes

Have you tried using cedarwood essential oil in your health and wellness recipes? Imagine incorporating this natural remedy into your morning routine to start your day with a clear mind and healthy breathing. Or perhaps using it as part of your nighttime relaxation routine to help unwind and de-stress before bed.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

One of the best ways to incorporate Cedarwood Essential Oil into your daily routine is by diffusing it in your home or office. Diffusing it during study sessions or work can help improve focus and concentration, making it an excellent choice for students and professionals.

Cedarwood Essential Oil Blends Well With

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas)

The slightly camphoraceous, smoky, sweet, woody scent similar to synthetic mothballs of Cedarwood (Atlas) Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, and Ylang-Ylang Essential Oils.

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

Cedarwood Essential Oil (Atlas)

History of Cedarwood Oil

Ancient Egyptians used Cedarwood (Atlas) Essential Oil in the mummification process. They also found this valuable oil for medicinal, embalming, and cosmetic purposes. Cedarwood Essential Oil is also one of the earliest ingredients in making incense in temples, oil lamps, and perfumes for the living and the dead.

They built temples, palaces, houses, furniture, and mummy coffins from cedarwood. In fact, there is some biblical evidence that cedarwood was used in building the Temple of Jerusalem (House of the Lord) initiated by King Solomon. One is this Bible verse – 1 Kings 6:36 (KJV), which states that cedar beams were used. That was thousands of years ago and is quite a remarkable history!

Chemical Constituents


Beta-Himachalene is a metabolite produced during a metabolic reaction in plants, the kingdom that includes flowering plants, conifers, and other gymnosperms. It is known to have antimicrobial activity.


Alpha-Himachalene is a natural product found in plants, the kingdom that includes flowering plants, conifers, and other gymnosperms. It is known to have airborne antituberculosis activity


Delta-Cadinene is a member of the cadinene family and is a natural product found in a wide variety of essential oil-producing plants. Cadinenes are naturally antibacterial in nature. However, it also has antimicrobial effects and has been shown to have potent antifungal effects against pathogenic fungi.

What Earthies Are Saying About Cedarwood Oil

Simply Earth & Malagassi Essential Oils

Simply Earth is dedicated to providing quality essential oils that are sourced responsibly. They partner with Malagassi Essential Oils to obtain their Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil. Morocco has the highest total area of Cedar forest in the world, making it the perfect place to source this particular oil. By working with local farmers in the mountainous region, Malagassi Farm is able to ensure that the Cedar trees are grown organically and sustainably. Not only are the farmers taken care of financially, but their well-being is also looked after. Providing education and support to new farmers in their production techniques is one way Malagassi Farm gives back to these communities. Plus, the wood used for the Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil is a waste product from the furniture industry, meaning it’s sustainable and helps reduce waste. The trees are replanted at a sustainable rate, and no one illegally harvests them, making this essential oil a responsible choice for anyone looking for a natural solution.

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly.  

This essential oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use.

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

Cedarwood Essential Oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on cats. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post.

Cedarwood Essential Oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post.

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA


  2. L. Hassoun, J. Ornelas, R. Sivamani. Cedarwood Oil as Complementary Treatment in Refractory Acne. 2016 Mar
  3. Zhang K, Yao L. The anxiolytic effect of Juniperus virginiana L. essential oil and determination of its active constituents. 2018 Jan
  4. Leigh-de Rapper S, Viljoen A, van Vuuren S. Essential Oil Blends: The Potential of Combined Use for Respiratory Tract Infections. 2021 Dec
  5. Detria W, Iyan S, et al. Potential of Essential Oil as Anti-Dandruff in Scalp Treatment Preparations. 2022