Cedarwood Virginian Essential Oil
Latin name: Juniperus virginiana
Synonyms: Red Cedar, eastern red cedar, Southern red cedar, Bedford Cedarwood
Plant family: Cupressaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation of the timber waste, sawdust, shavings etc.
Origin: North America, especially mountainous regions east of the Rocky mountains.
Plant characteristics: Conifrerous, slow-growing, evergreen tree up to 33 meters high with narrow, dense and pyramidal crown, a reddish heartwood and brown cones. The tree can attain a majestic stature with a trunk diameter of over 1.5 meters.
Cedarwood Virginian Essential Oil characteristics: A pale yellow or orange oily liquid with a mild, sweet-balsamic, ‘pencil-wood’ scent.
Traditional use: The North American Indians used it for respiratory infections, especially those involoving an excess of cattarah. Decorations of leaves, bark, twigs and fruit were used to treat a variety of aliments; menstrual delay, rheumatism, arthritis, warts, gonorrhea, pyelitis and kidney infections.
Cedarwood Virginian Essential Oil blends well with: Sandalwood, Rose, Juniper, Cypress, Vetiver, Patchouli and Benzoin.
Cautions and comments: Use in dilution and with care, in moderation. Avoid during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents: Cedrene (up to 80%) cedrol (3-14%) and cedrenol
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.