Cedarwood oil is an essential oil derived from the wood of various cedar tree species, including Cedrus atlantica, Cedrus deodara, and Juniperus virginiana. It is obtained through a process of steam distillation. The oil has a warm, woody aroma and is characterized by its amber or yellowish color.
The chemical composition of cedarwood oil is complex, with the main constituents being alpha-cedrene, beta-cedrene, cedrol, and thujopsene. It also contains notable amounts of atlantone, himachalene, and caryophyllene, among other compounds.
Cedarwood oil possesses a variety of therapeutic properties, including antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and insecticidal activities. These properties contribute to its potential use in skincare, as it helps to cleanse and tone the skin, reduce inflammation, and combat various skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, and eczema. It is also believed to support hair health by promoting hair growth, reducing hair loss, and balancing the scalp’s oil production.
Furthermore, cedarwood oil has a calming and grounding effect on the mind and emotions, making it a popular choice for relaxation and stress relief. It is used in aromatherapy to promote a sense of tranquility, enhance focus and concentration, and alleviate anxiety and tension.
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|Botanical name||Cedrus deodara|
|Origin||Obtained by the steam distillation from the woods of Cedrus deodara|
|Appearance||Pale yellow to deep reddish yellow|
|Density||0.929 – 0.937 @25°C|
|Refractive index||1.507 – 1.515 @20°C|
|Optical rotation||+55º to +65º|
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