Cedarwood, Virginian Essential Oil (Juniperus virginiana)
Cedarwood, Virginian may also be referred to as red cedar, eastern red cedar, Virginian juniper, eastern juniper, red juniper, pencil cedar, Carolina cedar, or red savin. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the wood.
Virginian cedarwood oil comes from the wood of the Juniperus virginiana tree. It has a woody scent.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): red cedar, eastern red cedar, Virginian juniper, eastern juniper, red juniper, pencil cedar, Carolina cedar, or red savin
- Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
- Botanical Genus: Juniperus
- Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols
- Major Compounds: a-Cedrene, Thujopsene, Cedrol, B-Cedrene, a-Selinene
- Perfumery Note: Base
- Consistency: Medium and oily feeling
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
- Color: Clear
- Indigenous Country: United States
- Cultivation: Wild Harvested
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Wood
- Shelf Life: 8 + years
[LC] Least Concern
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
- Wild Harvested
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Anxiety Arthritis Asthma Athlete's Foot Bronchia Bronchitis Catarrh Cellulite Colic Coughs Cystitis Dandruff Depression Fleas ( Dogs ) Flu Frigidity / Impotence Gingivitis Hair : Damaged Influenza Insect Repellents Insomnia Libido Nervous Conditions / Tension Rashes Skin : Oily Spots ( Acne ) Stress Tract Discomfort
Therapeutic Benefits of Cedarwood, Virginian:
Anti-anxiety Anti-arthritic Anti-asthmatic Anti-depressant Anti-fungal Anti-infectious Anti-septic Aphrodisiac Astringent Cicatrisant CNS tonic Diuretic Expectorant Insect Repellent Mucolytic Relaxant Vein tonic
Other Uses for Cedarwood, Virginian:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Cedarwood, Virginian:
It may irritate sensitive skin.
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Virginian Cedarwood Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 240.]
Safety Precautions for Cedarwood, Virginian:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities
Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Cedarwood, Virginian:
1st Chakra - Survival and Support Balancing Grounding Protective Purifying
Cedarwood, Virginian Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Topical wound-healing effects and phytochemical composition of heartwood essential oils of Juniperus virginiana L., Juniperus occidentalis Hook., and Juniperus ashei J. Buchholz.
- PubMed: Distribution and hosts of Callidiellum rufipenne (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), an asian cedar borer established in the eastern United States.
- PubMed: Effect of age on the distribution of oil in Eastern redcedar tree segments.
- PubMed: Effects of phloem girdling in conifers on apical control of branches, growth allocation and air in wood.
- PubMed: Final report on the safety assessment of Juniperus communis Extract, Juniperus oxycedrus Extract, Juniperus oxycedrus Tar, Juniperus phoenicea extract, and Juniperus virginiana Extract.
- PubMed: Nutritional ecology of the formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): feeding response to commercial wood species.
- PubMed: Exposure to an environment containing the aromatic red cedar, Juniperus virginiana: procarcinogenic, enzyme-inducing and insecticidal effects.