A history of Cedar Wood. Over 5000 Years of Fabric Protection

Discover the rich history behind the versatile cedar wood. Learn how ancient cultures utilized its aromatic oils and hearty timber.

February 8, 2024
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Cedar wood has been an essential resource for humans for thousands of years.

The woody, resinous and balsamic aroma of the tree and its oil have been used as natural moth and bug repellents.

Cedar wood oil is a modern-day element used in aromatherapy for its astringent and antiseptic qualities. In this blog post, we will take a journey through history to explore the fascinating uses and significance of cedar wood.

The Divine Forest of Sumer

The first known mentions of cedar wood are from the Sumerians, who believed that a battle occurred between the humans and the demigods over the divine forest of cedar trees near Mesopotamia.

According to the myth, the humans managed to defeat the demigods in battle, resulting in all the trees being cut down. It’s a shame, but it also shows the value placed on cedar wood even in ancient times.

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Divine Battle

Trade and Commerce

Over the centuries, cedar wood became an extremely valuable resource due to its properties. It was heavily traded and exploited by many ancient civilizations such as the Assyrians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Israelites, and Turks.

The Phoenicians used cedar wood to build their famous merchant ship fleets, making them the first known sea trading nation in the world.

The Assyrians also used cedar wood for construction and furniture.

Cedar Wood in Religion

Cedar wood holds a significant place in religion. The Bible tells us that King Solomon used cedar wood timber to build his Temple in Jerusalem.

Noah was also supposed to have prepared an offering of cedar wood and myrtle incense for surviving the flood.

Additionally, the cedar tree is mentioned in the Quran as a symbol of strength and steadfastness.

Burials and Perfumes

Cedar wood was also used in burials and perfumes. The Egyptians used cedar wood resin for their mummification process, which preserved the rulers after death and certain types of papyrus rolls.

Cedar wood was also used to make sarcophagi due to its durability. Some of these are still in excellent condition after more than 3000 years.

Cedar was also the source of one of mankind’s earliest perfumes, made by the Egyptians.

cedar wood in Egypt
Cedar Wood in Egypt

Aromatherapy and Incense

Cedar oil and cedar wood bark are burned by monks as incense in Tibetan monasteries to this day. Its earthy and crisp fragrance is not only soothing and relaxing, but it is also said to purify the spirit.

Cedar wood oil is also used in aromatherapy for its astringent and antiseptic qualities.


Cedar wood has countless benefits and uses that have been recognized for thousands of years. From its use in ships and construction to its use in aromatherapy and religion, cedar wood has played an important role in human history. Its woody, resinous and balsamic aroma has been used as a natural moth and bug repellent, and its oil has been used for its medicinal properties.

Cedar wood truly is a remarkable and versatile resource.

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You can use red cedar wood balls, blocks, or shavings to line your closets, wardrobes, and drawers, and even in dark storage places where linens are stored.

Browse our selection and try using red cedar wood as a natural alternative to chemical mothballs and experience the benefits of this amazing wood for yourself.

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