The History of Cedarwood Incense

Cedar Trees

Most of you are probably familiar with the cedar tree. The tall, imperial-looking specimen with wide branches and evergreen leaves. They can reach heights of up to 120 feet and can have a width of up to 100 feet.

An often overlooked feature of cedar-wood is it’s musky, woody scent.

It used to be used extensively in ancient times.

The aroma of cedar-wood is thought to inspire confidence, acceptance, and tranquility. Burning cedar-wood incense provides a calming environment where the user can relax and unwind.

The scent is considered masculine in nature.

It is also known for it’s ability to repel insects such as mosquitoes, moths, and wood-worms. Woodworkers sometimes make boxes and storage units from cedar due to it’s aroma and insect-repellent properties.

In ancient Mesopotamia, the cedar tree was considered to be a symbol of love. It is believed they were some of the first people to burn cedar-wood strictly for it’s aromatic properties. They also burned it in honor of their ancestors.

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Noah burned cedar-wood and myrtle to show gratitude to the heavens for sparing his life after the flood.

Cedarwood was also used by the ancient Egyptians for fumigation and embalming purposes.

Different Varieties of Cedar

  • Cedarwood Atlas – Cedrus atlantica
  • Cedarwood Virginian – Juniperus virginiana
  • Cedarwood Himalayan – Cedrus deodara
  • Cedarwood Texan – Juniperus Mexicana
  • Arbor Vitae – Thuja picata

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