|Latin name||Juniperus virginiana|
|Synonyms||Red Cedar, eastern red cedar, Southern red cedar, Bedford Cedarwood|
|Extraction||Steam distillation of the timber waste, sawdust, shavings etc.|
|Origin||North America, especially mountainous regions east of the Rocky mountains.|
|Plant characteristics||Conifrerous, slow-growing, evergreen tree up to 33 meters high with narrow, dense and pyramidal crown, a reddish heartwood and brown cones. The tree can attain a majestic stature with a trunk diameter of over 1.5 meters.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow or orange oily liquid with a mild, sweet-balsamic, ‘pencil-wood’ scent.|
|Traditional use||The North American Indians used it for respiratory infections, especially those involoving an excess of cattarah. Decorations of leaves, bark, twigs and fruit were used to treat a variety of aliments; menstrual delay, rheumatism, arthritis, warts, gonorrhea, pyelitis and kidney infections.|
|Blends well with||Sandalwood, Rose, Juniper, Cypress, Vetiver, Patchouli and Benzoin.|
|Cautions and comments||Use in dilution and with care, in moderation. Avoid during pregnancy.|
|Main chemical constituents||Cedrene (up to 80%) cedrol (3-14%) and cedrenol|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.