Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from the Juniperus virginiana plant of the Cupressaceae family. It is also known by the names Virginian, red cedar, and Bedford cedar wood. The pure smell of this balsamic oil brings peace and energy balance, promotes spirituality, and physically helps to clear the respiratory system from accumulated secretions. Helps in infections of the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys, while also affecting the oily skin and cleans dandruff.


It has a soft woody smell that has a slight tinge of sandalwood. The oil is pale yellow or orange in color and is very sticky.


Wood shavings and sawdust are subjected to steam distillation and oil is extracted with a yield of about 35%.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of cedarwood oil are a-cedrene, b-cedrene, thujopsene, other sesquiterpenes, cedrol, and widdrol.


High concentration of cedar oil can irritate the skin and should be avoided during pregnancy.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of cedar oil are: antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, spasmolytic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, insecticide, sedative, and fungicide.


Cedarwood oil relieves pruritus and acts great in acne, oily skin, and dandruff. Helps in urinary tract infections, has a strong effect on mucous membranes and acts as a general tonic.
It has a soothing effect on the mind and is of great help in conditions associated with anxiety and nervous tension.
It works well for arthritis and rheumatism.

  • Inhalators and Vaporizers: In cure therapy, cedar oil can be used for arthritis, bronchitis, rheumatism, respiratory problems, as a general tonic and anti-insect agent.
  • Use as a massage oil and in the tub: Cedarwood can be used mixed with massage oil or diluted in the tub in asthma, bronchitis, respiratory problems, cystitis, joint pain, oily skin, and dandruff. You must be careful not to get into the mucosal area because it causes their irritation.
  • Use as a cream: When diluted in cream, cedar oil helps most in oily skin and related problems such as dermatitis and psoriasis.

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