You might wonder how long humanity has known about a variety of herbs and their oils, and what they were used for historically. That is where your Sunday Scribe comes in! Today, we will focus on Cedarwood.
Purpose of Cedarwood:
Cedarwood is great to support your nervous system, and helps with occasional restless evenings. It’s calming effect is wonderful. It is grounding and uplifting, and is wonderful to use in your beauty products for how it smooths the skin and makes the hair shiny! Its aroma is warm and woodsy.
Cedrus trees can grow up to 40 m (occasionally more than half again as much) tall with spicy-scented, resinous wood, thick ridged or square-cracked bark, and broad, even branches.
Name Information and Historical Uses:
Cedarwood can come from a number of trees, but we are focused in today’s discussion on Cedrus atlantica. The oldest of these trees documented is in Morocco and was planted around 1300, making it over 700 years old. It is known as ‘Le Nouveau Gouraud’ in the Forêt de Cèdres.
Historically, cedarwood has been seen as a sacred wood, being used in everything from coffins to purification rituals. Like other conifers, cedarwood is associated with life, death, and the afterlife. (The Celts even used it to preserve the bodies.)
Biblically, the cedars of Lebanon were acclaimed for being used to build King Solomon’s Temple! (1 Kings 4:33).