Cedarwood essential oil is one of Vibe Naturals’ prized products. Knowledge of the rich history of this oil and extensive research into the way it is produced today plays a main role in our decision to source for the finest organic and toxin-free Cedarwood essential oils. We use the Cedarwood Himalayan essential oils to bring the best to our customers.
The oil from cedar trees has been used for thousands of years in India, ancient Egypt, and other parts of Africa and Asia for a variety of religious purposes. Cedarwood is considered a sacred wood in many parts of the world, especially in India and Tibet. Oil extracted from cedarwood is extremely valuable and the wood is known as “the wood of the gods”. This highly beneficial oil has become a staple for people using aromatherapy and holistic healing methods all around the world.
The History of Cedarwood
Since the trees that produce this oil grow in colder climates, the use of this oil became common in places like Tibet. It is believed that the Himalayas provided the perfect conditions for the cedar tree, a fact which led to the use of cedarwood and its essential oil spreading to India, where it was used in Hindu rituals.
Cedarwood essential oil is believed to be one of the earliest extracts ever used by man. Since ancient times, this oil has been used as a sedative and medicine. There are even texts explaining how cedarwood oil was relatively difficult to extract, and yet early humans used copious amounts of it. As part of the embalming process, this oil was used by the ancient Egyptians as a way to keep insects and microbes from eating away at the corpse.
In the Americas, Native Americans have been using this oil as part of ceremonies to clear the mindand calm the spirit for centuries. The American version is called Cedarwood Virginian Essential Oil. The other variant would be the Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil, which is produced in Morocco and North-western regions of Algeria.
Present-day process of extracting the essential oil from Cedarwood
A continuous steam and hydro distillation process is used to process the wood from the stumps and roots of the plants (left after cutting). In large industries, the wood is first reduced into small pieces, then dried and distilled.
Cedarwood is processed by traditional hydro/steam distillation processes in small scale industries. To begin the hydro distillation process, the wood is chopped into small pieces.
After being ground into powder form with a grinder, the pieces are placed inside stills where the plant material is placed on a perforated tray for easy removal after extraction.
In the Steam distillation process, the steam is produced in a steam boiler and the generated steam is blown through a pipe into the bottom of the still. The steam carries volatile oil constituents along with it and passes through a condenser. The condenser converts the vapours into liquid and the condensed distillate consists a mixture of water and oil.
The mixture of oil andwater is separated in a Florentine flask fromwhichoilandwatercanbe separatelywithdrawn. The process takes 8 to 9 hours. After distillation,thecrudeoilisstoredinplasticdrums.
Cedarwood essential oil comprise the following chemical components:
There are numerous other compounds found in cedarwood essential oil that contribute to the range of health benefits it provides—it’s no wonder that ancient civilizations saw this oil as a gift from the gods.
Uses for Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood essential oil has a longstanding reputation, and with its tremendous health benefits as well as its use in perfumes and cosmetics, it has a lot to offer. Give it a try, and you’ll soon find that it’s indispensable.
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