“Good for anxiety, worry,
and other stress-related disorders”
Latin name: Juniperus virginiana L.
Description of plant: An evergreen conifer tree native to eastern and central North America. Most specimens reach 50 ft (15 m) or higher.
This species and other conifers used for producing ‘cedarwood’ essential oils are not true cedarwoods. True cedarwood essential oil is extracted from the Atlas
or Himalayan varieties, which are protected species
Nature of oil: A pale yellow or orange liquid. The aroma is distinctly woody with a camphor tinge. The odour effect is warming, calming and grounding; a reputed aphrodisiac
Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the sawdust and wood shavings
Blends well with: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, juniper berry, frankincense, neroli, petitgrain, rose, jasmine, oakmoss, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver and ylang ylang
Specific precautions required: The oil may irritate sensitive skin; phototoxic. Avoid during pregnancy
Stress-relieving properties include: Good for anxiety, worry, other stress-related disorders, paranoia; improves focus, strength of purpose, stability
Medical properties include: Acne, oily skin and hair, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, premenstrual syndrome
- Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.