What Is The Difference Between Cedarwood And Cedar Essential Oil?

Essential oils are amazing, that is why I use them daily. But there a lot of essential oils out there, many of them with slightly confusing or very similar names, but potent differences, so that I want to clear up any potential misconceptions you may encounter

Cedarwood and Cedar Essential Oils Are The Same (sort of)

But not all are high quality. More on that later. Let me dive deeper here:

Many Cedarwood or cedar essential oil stem from the botanical Juniperus virginiana, which is another name for the Eastern Red Cedar. There is also Cedarwood Atlas – which comes from the tree by the name of Cedrus atlantica or Atlas Cedar, native to Morrocco, and Cedarwood Hymalaian ( cedrus deodora) – which is native to India. When someone refers to Cedar or Cedarwood essential oil they can mean any of the three.

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Let me explain their differences

Juniperus Virginiana is the mildest of all three. While it has the typical woodsy smell, it is subtle and soft without any undertones and is somewhat sweet

Cedrus Atlantica or Atlas Cedar is more spicy, with a more pronounced scent, some noted a hint of vanilla within.

Cedrus Hymalaian is a dry type of scent, also with a spicy undertone, and is particularly useful for respiratory ailments.


All three of these essential oils have the same properties:


  • improve skin conditions like eczema
  • promote hair growth
  • soothe dry scalp
  • has natural antiseptic properties
  • arthritis relief
  • natural deodorizer
  • natural sedative
  • natural diuretic
  • improve focus and ADHD
  • cough relief
  • bug repellent
  • stress relief
  • fight fungal infections
  • helps acne

(Source: Dr. Axe) 


Because it is safe around people with allergies, children, dogs and cats (in a diffuser, not necessarily as a healing treatment – consult your doctor and veterinarian for details), it is popular even in households that have special needs, such as for people with breathing issues.

Related Post: Mindful Pet Parenting: Keep These Essential Oils Away From Your Pets!

What you should look for when choosing a Cedar or Cedarwood essential oil:

Keep these points in mind when choosing any type of essential oil for you and your family:

  • make sure that it is 100 percent pure – unless it is a part of special blends that contain other 100 percent pure oils – never use “fake” oils, as they can cause breathing issues, even if you usually do not have any
  • That they are therapeutic grade. If you purchase therapeutic grade essential oils, you will never have to worry about getting a product that is not up to the highest standard.
  • It should be steam distilled – that is the method this essential oil is produced. If it says anything else, stay away from it, as it may be fake!

Do you have issues with thinning hair? Then watch this video on how to use Cedarwood Essential Oils to aid you in strengthening and regrowing of hair (and then continue reading below!)

I hope this short guide assisted you in choosing the best possible cedarwood essential oil for your needs!

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