Latin name: Juniperus virginiana
Country of origin: USA
Part of the plant: Wood
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, cedrol, sesquiterpenes
Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, expectorant, sedative, insecticide, diuretic.
Physical uses: Muscle aches, muscle spasms, stiff joints, poor circulation, respiratory congestion, bronchitis, sinusitis, coughs, infections, lymphatic support.
Skin care uses: Oily skin, dermatitis, blemishes, dandruff, scalp tonic, minor skin infections, insect repellent.
Psychological uses: Stress, tension, anxiety, emotional instability.
Subtle uses: Clears and cleanses. Brings in positive energy. Strengthens confidence and will.
Notes: Use Cedarwood (USA) in a 1-5% dilution. May be sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Which One to Choose? Cedarwood (Atlas) or Cedarwood (USA)?
Similarities: Both have a grounding scent with generally interchangeable uses such as lymphatic support, respiratory congestion, and stress.
Differences: Cedarwood (Atlas) has a richer, soft, woody, sweet, warm aroma that comes from the aromatic cedar tree native to the Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Cedarwood (USA) has a rich, dry, woody, balsamic aroma. This essential oil actually comes from a Juniper tree in the USA, however, it smells like cedar, making it a popular option for perfumes, soaps, and household products.
Methods of Use
Bath: Mix 4-8 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. (You can also add the essential oil to 1/2 cup of whole milk or heavy cream.) Set aside. If you have muscle aches, add 1-2 cups Epsom or Dead sea salts. Fill the tub with warm water and immerse yourself. Add the essential oil mixture and swirl the water around you. Massage your skin and breathe in the aroma. Remain in the tub for 10-15 minutes.
Bath, Foot: Mix 1-3 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to your upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring and apply 3 more times.
Diffusion: Follow the diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with a therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Inhalation, Hot Water: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of hot water. Keeping your eyes tightly closed, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply yet gently, pause then exhale. Continue for 30 seconds. Inhale through your nose for respiratory or sinus conditions and through your mouth for throat issues or coughs. Repeat as desired.
Massage: Mix 6-18 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Scalp Oil: Mix 12-24 drops of essential oil in 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil or jojoba, or a blend of both. Store in a glass bottle with a cap. Use approximately 1 teaspoon to massage into scalp at night. Shampoo in the morning.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)