Latin Name:  Juniperus virginiana L., fam. Cupressaceae
Part of Plant: Heartwood
Country of Origin: Virginia
Method of Production: Steam Distillation

Virginian Cedarwood, also known by other names such as Eastern Red Cedar, Virginian juniper, and pencil cedar, is a member of the Cupressaceae botanical family that grows abundantly in the central and eastern United States.  Since it is actually a species of juniper, it is not considered a true cedar like Atlas Cedarwood that is a member of the Pinaceae botanical family. However, its essential oil is considered by some to be a very good alternative to the more costly and endangered Atlas. 


Cedarwood essential oil has a smooth, woodsy aroma that blends well with citrus oils and other oils like Roman Chamomile and Clary Sage.  It may assist with the appearance of skin when properly diluted and applied topically. Try blending with Lavender for a calming after bath body oil.  It is also a popular addition to masculine blends, as well as for relaxing outdoors on a summer evening.


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.  

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically. Possible skin sensitivity. Do not use on broken skin. Watch for any possible interactions or side effects. Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone



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