Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana
Plant Part: Wood
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Although called a cedar, the Virginian cedar belongs to the juniper family (Cupressaceae). Also known as Red Cedar or Southern Red Cedar, this tree is native to North America.
Folk traditions note that native Americans used virginian cedarwood for respiratory infections, especially those involving excess mucous buildup in the nose or throat. It also has insect and vermin repelling qualities (mosquitoes, rats and moths) and was once used with citronella as a commercial insecticide. 
An in vitro study has shown Viriginian cedar can work synergistically with lavender for bacterial respiratory infections and thrush. 
- Has astringent, antiseborrhoeic and antiseptic qualities: makes it suitable for acne, greasy hair, dandruff, eczema, oily skin and psoriasis
- Stimulating to circulatory system: improves circulation to muscles, joints and can be used in blends for arthritis and rheumatism
- Sedating to the nervous system: can be used to calm nervous tension and stress related disorders
- Expectorant and antispasmodic: suitable for diffusing blends or chest rubs for coughs, sinusitis, catarrh and respiratory complaints
- Insect repelling: extensively used in rooms sprays and in household insect repelling blends in the US.
Strength of Aroma: Strong.
Description: Sweet, 'pencil wood' scent.
Blends well with: sandalwood, rose, juniper, cypress, vetiver and patchouli
Caution: Avoid use during pregnancy. Do not ingest. May cause local irritation or possible sensitisation to some individuals. Use in dilution with care and moderation. Generally safer to use atlas cedarwood for those with sensitive skin.
Packaging: Dark amber bottle with orifice reducer (for controlled essential oil dispensing).
 Lawless, J. (2012) Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health and well-being, Harper Collins
 Rapper et al (2013) in Rhind, J.P (2016), Aromatherapeutic Blending, Essential Oils in Synergy, Singing Dragon.
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