Cedarwood Virginian Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Juniperus virginiana
Other names: Red Cedar
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Part of plant used in production: Wood
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A coniferous, slow growing, evergreen tree up to 35 meters high, a narrow, dense pyramidal crown, a reddish heartwood and brown cones. Native to North America, Virginian Cedarwood also grows in East Africa and China.
Characteristics: Virginian oil is colourless to pale yellow or pale orange with a woody-sweet, resinous, persistent mild odour. Some describe the smell as similar to a pencil.
Properties: Antiseborrheic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticidal, sedative (nervous system).
Constituents: Cedrol (1-32%), cedrene (15-31%), cedrene (1-8%), thujopsene (14-35%).
Uses: Similar to Atlas Cedarwood, Cedarwood Virginian is used in perfumes, soaps, and air fresheners. It is also said to alleviate acne, scabs, dermatitis, psoriasis, seborrhoea of the scalp, alopecia, and dandruff. It has a calming effect on nervous tension and helps relieve anxiety and stress-related disorders.
Blends well with: Bergamot, cypress, frankincense, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, vetiver
Interesting Facts: The Indigenous peoples of North America used virginian cedarwood for respiratory infections, especially those involving catarrh.
Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.