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Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil

Virginian Cedarwood Bark

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.

Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil

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.

Botanical Name

Juniperus virginiana

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used





Medium and oily feeling

Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Fresh, woody, balsamic. It strongly resembles the aroma of cedar chests and closets.

Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses

  • Anxiety
  • Nervous Tension
  • Concentration
  • Catarrhal Conditions
  • Coughs
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Cystitis
  • UTI
  • Oily Skin
  • Acne
  • Insect Repellent
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs
  • Cystitis
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis
  • Insect Repellent
  • Stress

Sources: Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 178-179. Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 208-214

Sustainability and Conservation Status

Least Concern
Source: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/42257/2967510

To learn more about the conservation status of essential oil bearing plants and how to use the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, please refer to AromaWeb's Guide to Essential Oils and Sustainability.

Major Constituents

  • a-Cedrene
  • Thujopsene
  • Cedrol
  • B-Cedrene
  • a-Selinene

See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: 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.

Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil Safety Information

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.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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