Cedar Essential Oil, Virginia

Red Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar, Southern Red Cedar

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  • Virginia Cedar Essential Oil has long been known to repel moths and other insects, and has also been used in folk medicine to clear warts, rashes like eczema and psoriasis, congestion, and to treat arthritis.
    Farming MethodWildcrafted
    Country of OriginCanada
    Plant PartWood
    Scientific NameJuniperus virginiana
    Application Method Bath, Diffusion, Topical

  • The woody, fresh scent of Virginia Cedar Essential Oil is reminiscent of opening a box of freshly sharpened pencils on a crisp Fall morning the first day of school. Although the wood has been used for basic items ranging from moth-repellent furniture to classroom pencils, the essential oil also has some handy health benefits. Virginia Cedar Essential Oil does an excellent job at clearing infections and relieving nervous tension, which makes a strong case for why the aroma of Cedar pencils would be soothing to students during an exam!

    Below is a list of benefits that Virginia Cedar Essential Oil provides, by category.

    Nervous System: Nervous Tension, Stress-Related Disorders, Chronic Anxiety.

    Respiratory System: Bronchitis, Catarrh, Congestion, Coughs, Sinusitis.
    Skin Care: Acne, Oily Skin and Hair, Eczema, Psoriasis, Dandruff.
    Musculoskeletal System: Arthritis, Rheumatism.
    Genito-urinary System: Urinary Tract Infections, Cystitis, Leucorrhoea.


  • Here is how to use Cedar Virginia essential oil for various conditions:

    Dilution requirements:

    Topical Application for localized use on the skin: Dilute up to 1-2% in any carrier oil (5-10 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.

    Topical Application for whole body massage: Dilute up to 1% in any carrier oil (5 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil). See precautions below.

    Compresses: Dilute up to 1-2% in hot or cold water (5-10 drops per tablespoon of water). See precautions below.

    Aromatic Bath: Dilute in bath salts or milk or similar before adding to a full bath. See precautions below.


    • Nervous Tension, Stress, Anger, Discouragement, Fear, Tension, Aggression, Psychological Issues: Diffusion, Topical Application on heart and chest area, Whole Body Massage or Aromatic Bath.
    • Arthritis and Rheumatism: Topical Application.
    • For a Calm, Quiet Atmosphere: Diffusion.
    • Bronchitis: Direct Inhalation from a Diffuser.
    • Urinary Infections: Sitz Bath.
    • For Hair Growth and Scalp Health: Add to hair products.
    • Insect Repellant: Diffuse, Topical Application.

    Safety Precautions:

    Virginia Cedar can be skin irritating; use in low concentrations. Non-sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy.

  • Traditional Uses

    Traditionally, the wood from the Virginia Cedar, native toNorth America, has been celebrated by craftsmen for making excellent quality furniture. Early Americans also found Virginia Cedar to be a helpful remedy for skin problems, arthritis and respiratory issues.

    About the Plant

    The majestic Virginia Cedar is an aromatic redwood tree that grows up to 60 feet tall in a compact, pyramid-like shape. Over time, this slow-growing variety of Cedar spreads its branches more widely. With age, the wood from Cedar trees gradually reddens in color and its essential oil improves in aroma. 

    Where it Grows

    Virginia Cedar is native to North America and is mostly cultivated in the Southeast United States.


    Cupressaceae—Cypress Family

  • Scent: The scent of Virginia Cedar is woody and warm.

    Blends With: Rosewood, Bergamot,Cypress, Jasmine, Juniper, Neroli, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.

    Fragrance Note:  Top.

    Composition: Cedrene, cedrol, cedrenol.

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