Cedarwood Incense Facts
Atlas cedar is an imperial and picturesque specimen tree with massive, horizontal spreading branches, an evergreen conifer that can get as tall as 120 ft and have a spread of 100 ft. Atlas cedar is native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (main producer) and Algeria in northern Africa.
One of the oldest aromatics, cedarwood was valued highly in ancient times, and used in all facets of daily life as a cosmetic, hair tonic, incense and perfume. With a rich, woody, slightly masculine scent, the fragrance relaxes and harmonizes, while building inner confidence and self-acceptance. Particularly in times of stress, the scent helps enhance the capacity to give generously to another. Cedarwood is used whenever calm and composure are required. It is said to aid in relieving nervous tension, anxiety, insomnia, fighting depression and aggression. It is said to improve blood circulation, arthritis, and enhance concentration. It is a powerful antiseptic, astringent and insect repellent. It repels mosquitoes, moths, woodworm, rats and mice.
The ancient Syrians and Mesopotamians considered the tree a sign of enduring love, and nourished the spirits of their ancestors with cedarwood incense. For surviving the Flood, it is said Noah burnt cedarwood oil in gratitude to the Lord. Atlas cedarwood was used in ancient Egypt for fumigation and embalming. Wood is used for storage chests as it repelled insects. Used for incense. Used in the East for bronchial and urinary tract infections.
The Virginian cedarwood was used by Native Americans for respiratory infections, esp. with catarrh. Also rheumatism, skin rashes.
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