Cedarwood Virginia (Red Cedar)
Pure, Therapeutic Cedarwood Virginian essential oil (Also called Red Cedarwood or Aromatic Cedar)
Botanical name : Juniperus virginiana
Extraction method / Source : Steam distillation / wood chips, sawdust, wood shavings
Aroma : Sweet balsamic, becomes more woody as the oil dries out
Note classification : Base Odor Intensity : 3
Key constituents : Cedrol, Alpha-cedrene, thujopsene, various sesquiterpenes, Beta-cedrene, widdrol. (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Shelf Life: 4 years or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light
Plant description : Botanical family : Cupressaceae The Virginian Cedar tree is a slow growing evergreen bush with a narrow pyramidal crown. It is native to the Eastern states of the USA and South America. The bush is about 2-6 feet in height and sometimes reaches as high as 15 feet.
Regions of Production : Eastern USA
Growing Practices : Managed forest -- cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides
Properties : Analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, anti-seborrheic, diuretic, emmenogogue, expectorant, insecticide, sedative. Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits : An excellent insect repellent. Tonifying to kidneys, spleen, and pancreas. Useful for lower backache. A detoxifier, and eases the pain of swelling due to menstruation, rheumatism, and arthritis. It is disinfectant and analgesic, anti-fungal, astringent, aphrodisiac, blood purifying, expectorant and healing.
Modes of Administration : Topical : massage, compress, bath, sitz bath, skin care. Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.
Fragrant influences: Helps reduce anxiety and nervous tension – most useful for chronic conditions. Uplifting and refreshing, and it improves mental clarity, concentration and memory.
Safety : Do not use if you have kidney problems. Do not use during pregnancy or while breast feeding. All cedarwood essential oils contain thujon, and should not be taken internally.
Blends well with : Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Vetiver
History / Fun Facts : Virginia Cedar is also called Aromatic Cedar. The wood from Juniperus virginiana is prized for furniture making, with it's beautiful reddish heartwood. Extracts made of various tree parts have traditionally been used as an insect repellent, and to treat cough, bronchitis, rheumatism, and skin rashes.
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