Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil


“Virginian”, or Eastern red cedarwood esssential oil is steam distilled from the heartwood of the Juniperus virginiana tree. It is a slow growing tree common to colder and higher elevation regions of the eastern United States and south east Canada. Despite the common name of cedarwood, the botanical name highlights the fact that the tree is of the Juniper family, and not a true “Cedar”. It has been used for centuries by Native Americans for various purposes, such as medicine and perfumery.

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Among the major components of virginian cedarwood essential oil are cedrene, cedrol, and thujopsene. These sesquiterpenes contribute to its vast health benefits when it is either applied topically or its fumes are inhaled. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antispasmodic. It has anxiolytic and sedative properties. Virginia Cedarwood Essential Oil has even been proven to increase circulation, lower blood pressure, and reduce wrinkles. Its woody, herbal, and camphoraceous undertones make it a popular perfume ingredient and a natural deodorizer.

Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana

Country of Origin: United States

Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation

Wellness Benefit: Insomnia, Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Infections of the skin, Healing of cracked skin. Helpful for blemished skin. Also helpful for sadness and grief.

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Caution: Keep out of the reach of children. Juniperus virginiana essential oil should be used with caution and diluted with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. It should also be avoided by pregnant or nursing women, children, and people with allergies or sensitive skin. Avoid contact with eyes and other sensitive areas.