Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil is one of the first three essential oils that I purchased many years ago. At that time, I knew next to nothing about its therapeutic benefits. Instead, I had fallen in love with the rich, sweet, calming, woody aroma that reminded me of the scent of cedar closets.

Since then, I have used it not only for its calming properties, but I find it to be comforting and beneficial when incorporated into blends that I use when a cold has me coughing. It can be helpful for all skin types, particularly oily or acne prone skin. It is helpful to use in insect repellent blends, and I sometimes include it in blends that I use for meditation and spiritual work to "soften" the heavier aromas (i.e. spikenard or vetiver) that I blend with for meditation.


Because Atlas Cedarwood is endangered, Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil is a much more sensible choice for use from a sustainability perspective.


Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil and Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil differ in aroma. Although I also love the aroma of Atlas Cedarwood essential Oil and consider both Virginian and Atlas oils to be oils of "strength," there are times that I prefer the softer aroma of Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil.


Botanical Name

Juniperus virginiana


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled


Plant Part Typically Used






Medium and oily feeling


Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma



Aromatic Description

Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil smells deep, woody and balsamic. It strongly resembles the aroma of cedar chests and closets.

Sustainability and Conservation Status


Virginian Cedarwood is classified as being amongst the least concerning (least risk of being threatened). Atlas Cedarwood, on the other hand, is endangered. From a conservation perspective, it is better to use Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil than it is to use Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil.

To learn more about the conservation status of essential oil bearing plants and how to use the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, please refer to AromaWeb's Guide to Essential Oils and Sustainability.


Virginian Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses

  • Anxiety
  • Nervous Tension
  • Concentration
  • Catarrhal Conditions
  • Coughs
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Cystitis
  • UTI
  • Oily Skin
  • Acne
  • Insect Repellent
  • Acne
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs
  • Cystitis
  • Dandruff
  • Dermatitis
  • Insect Repellent
  • Stress



Ancient Wisdom Cedarwood Virginian Aromatherapy Essential Oils -10ml


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