Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana
Plant Part: Wood
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: The Virginia Cedarwood is a slow-growing, coniferous evergreen, reaching heights of 33 metres or so, the diameter of the trunks can reach over 1.5 metre. It has a reddish heartwood and bears brown cones. Also known as Red cedar, it is from the family Cupressacea. Although this tree is from this family and not from the family Pinacea, it is still called Virginia Cedar.
Color: Pale yellow to brownish liquid.
Common Uses: Cedarwood Virginian Oil is reputed to calm nervous tension and states of anxiety. It is an expectorant and useful in treating hemorrhoids, deterring moths and other insects, and will act as a mild astringent. It is a very powerful antiseptic, fungicidal and anti-seborrhea (helps with dandruff, hair loss and oily hair). Consumers will also see it in men's toiletries, in products used to combat acne, and in products designed to relieve muscle and joint pain.
Cederwood Virginian Oil contains 20% Cedrol which may cause the oil to crystallize over time. The melting point of Cedrol is 86 degrees Celsius. By gently heating the oil, the Cedrol liquefies and its solubility is improved for a period of time. It may re-crystallize again in cooler temperatures.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Aromatic Scent: Cedarwood Virginian scent is sweet and woody, sometimes reminiscent of sandalwood.
History: Cedarwood Virginian is an important ornamental and timber tree of eastern North America whose fragrant wood is made into cabinets, fence posts, and pencils. Used by native American Indians to treat respiratory infections. A decoction of the leaves, bark, twigs and fruits, is said to help with menstrual delay, rheumatism, arthritis, skin rashes, and kidney infections.
CAUTION: Non-toxic but may irritate sensitive skin. WARNING: Pregnant Women Should Not Use.