Botanical Name: Cedrus deodora
Part Used: Wood
Process: Steam Distillation
Plant Description: Native to high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountains in north-central India, eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, southwestern Tibet and western Nepal. It is grown as a decorative tree in central Europe, the United Kingdom, the Mediterranean region, central China, the west coast of North America, southeastern US, in South Africa and parts of Australia. This is a large evergreen conifer reaching heights of 130-165 feet or more with a trunk of up to 10 feet in diameter. The conical crown has large horizontal limbs with drooping branchlets. The essential oil is distilled locally where in some areas the trees are felled exclusively for this purpose, however, the wood is also durable as lumber for use in construction, but is brittle and not suitable, for example, in furniture manufacturing.
Oil Description: Light yellow-orange to brownish-yellow orange liquid becoming somewhat viscous with age. The aroma of Himalayan Cedarwood is rich with warm camphoraceous topnotes, sweet-woody, tenacious and somewhat balsamic, very similar to Atlas Cedarwood, but without the cat-like muskiness common to Atlas Ceadarwood.
Historical/Traditional Uses: In Tibet and other Himalayan countries, Himalayan Cedarwood has been used since ancient times for the construction of temples and the landscape architecture around them. The wood of this tree was and still is used for making incense. The ancient Indian sages and their families preferred living in forests of deodar or devaderu trees (trees of the gods). Hindu epics often mention a forest of deodars as being a sacred place. The sages devoted to the Hindu god Shiva used to perform difficult meditation practices in these forests to please Lord Shiva. The deodar tree is also the national tree of Pakistan.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Himalayan Cedarwood essential oil is indicated primarily for treating respiratory conditions via inhalation and massage application. It is useful for reducing oily secretions of the skin and scalp when incorporated into skin and hair preparations, and is also indicated for urinary tract infections, hair loss, arthritis, and nervous tension. In perfumery, Himalayan Cedarwood has a tremendous fixative effect and blends well with bergamot, cassie, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, juniper, jasmine, labdanum, neroli, rosemary, vetiver, ylang ylang, and floral and oriental bases.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Himalayan Cedarwood essential oil is non-sensitizing and non-irritating, but is considered by some to be neurotoxic and abortive; best to avoid use during pregnancy.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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