Cedarwood Essential Oil (Virginian)
Active Ingredient: Cedrol: 28%, Thujopsenene: 23.9%
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.
Aromatic Scent: Cedarwood Virginian scent is sweet and woody, sometimes reminiscent of sandalwood.
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Rosewood, Bergamot, Cypress, Cassia, Jasmine, Juniper, Neroli, Labdanum, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Vetiver, Rosemary, Ylang-ylang.
Uses: Essential oils such as Cedarwood Oil (Virginian) have been used to calm nervous tension and states of anxiety, as an expectorant, acting as a mild astringent and useful in treating hemorrhoids, and in deterring moths and other insects. It has very powerful antiseptic, fungicidal and anti-seborrheic properties, and helps with dandruff, hair loss and oily hair. Consumers will also see it in men's toiletries, acne preparations, and in products formulated to relieve muscle and joint pain.
Important Note: Cederwood (Virginian) Oil contains 20% Cedrol which may cause the oil to crystallize over time. The melting point of Cedrol is 86º 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.
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 North American Indians to treat respiratory infections, a decoction of the leaves, bark, twigs and fruits was said to help with rheumatism, arthritis, skin rashes, and kidney infections.
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