Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil
Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil is one of the first three essential oils that I purchased many years ago. At that time, I knew next to nothing about its therapeutic benefits. Instead, I had fallen in love with the rich, sweet, calming, woody aroma that reminded me of the scent of cedar closets.
Since then, I have used it not only for its calming properties, but I find it to be comforting and beneficial when incorporated into blends that I use when a cold has me coughing. It can be helpful for all skin types, particularly oily or acne prone skin. It is helpful to use in insect repellent blends, and I sometimes include it in blends that I use for meditation and spiritual work to "soften" the heavier aromas (i.e. spikenard or vetiver) that I blend with for meditation.
Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil and Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil differ in aroma. Although I also love the aroma of Atlas Cedarwood essential Oil and consider both Virginian and Atlas oils to be oils of "strength," there are times that I prefer the softer aroma of Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Medium and oily feeling
Strength of Initial Aroma
Fresh, woody, balsamic. It strongly resembles the aroma of cedar chests and closets.
Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses
Sedative, astringent and antiseptic. Anxiety, nervous tension, concentration, catarrhal conditions, coughs, chronic bronchitis, cystitis, UTIs, oily skin, acne, insect repellent. [Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 178-179.]
Acne, arthritis, bronchitis, coughs, cystitis, dandruff, dermatitis, insect repellent, stress. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-65.]
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 23 no. 5, 1998), 67-68. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 240.]
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Virginian Cedarwood Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 240.]
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