Wars of antiquity were waged in middle east for the possession of the Lebanese cedar wood, so precious for building ships and temples. In fact, the essential oil that it contains makes it resistant to insects and to sea animals that eat ship wood.
It was probably the first distilled essential oil, thousands of years ago in Egypt, as it is sufficient to boil the powdered wood to see the oil float on the surface. Egyptians knew how to use it as perfume, as medicine, in cosmetic and soap making. Cedar trees of different shapes possess the same unique fragrance from the mounts of Atlas in Morocco to the Asian Hindu Kush where the wood fat with fragrant oil is used to lit the fires at home.Tibetans use it in the fabrication of incenses and are probably those who today have kept better the knowledge of it’s medicinal properties.
Cedar wood essential oil is antiseptic of the respiratory track, helps expel catarrh and resist cold diseases as do all essences extracted from woods, but its aroma much wealthier and warmer than pines scents has deeper properties. It infuses joy and peace to the heart, giving it strength and stability necessary to open to the higher pleasure of prayer and meditation.
The aroma of Cedar wood elevates who loves it over the worries of the world as the head of that giant tree watches over the world from its highest mountains. The very exotic smell of cedar wood will please only those ready for a spiritual adventure.
Fragrant Cedar wood should not be confused with Mexican Juniper used by American Indians in purification ceremonies. That essence is less aromatic but is strangely much more appreciated by European smells, the reason is that the aroma is very familiar and associated with childhood memories, as a similar smelling wood is used in making school pencils.
Attention: the oil of Cedar should not be used during pregnancy.