Ceadrwood, Virginian – Juniperus viginiana
Method of Extraction: The sawdust from the lumbermills of the USA
Description: Dry, fresh woody. Pale yellowish-orange colour
Suggested uses: One of the more masculine of essential oils, Cedarwood is popularly used in toiletries for men. Cedarwood’s anti-septic, deodorising and insect-repellent properties make it a very useful oil for burning or diffusing. Try blending with any of the citrus oils. To help improve the condition of the scalp and encourage healthy hair, add 3 drops each of Cedarwood and Rosemary to 10ml of Coconut oil (or 5ml Coconut and 5ml Wheatgerm for very dry hair) and massage thoroughly into the scalp. Leave for as long as possible before shampooing out.
There are many types of cedarwood, and it is important to be clear which one is which. Virginian Cedarwood comes from the cypress family and the oil has an odour of freshly sawn wood. It is usually distilled from sawdust from the lumbermills of the USA and is used extensively in perfumery and soap manufacture. Mixed with Sri Lankan Ctironella, it was once a popular mosquito repellent, but has since been largely replaced by chemicals.
Absolute Aromas Virginian Cedarwood is Virginian Light (light refers to the method of distillation). Specific Safety Advice This oil should be used in moderation, never be used during pregnancy and it may cause skin irritation in those with sensitive skin.