Cedarwood Benefits

Latin Name

Juniperus virginiana


Eastern Northern America, now in whole USA

Parts Used

Sawdust and shavings, and heartwood of tree

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Cedarwood is indicated as useful in respiratory conditions. It is an anti-septic and an expectorant so can help clear catarrh, sinusitis, coughs and bronchitis.
Cedarwood is also an anti-spasmodic and can be used to treat aches and pains, as well as stiffness, arthritis and rheumatism.

Cedarwood is known for its use in treating cystitis, as an astringent, anti-septic and diuretic it can help the recovery of the bladder and uretha.
Cedarwood is also known to be good for skin care, particually in the case of an oily complexion.

Cedarwood essential oil can be added to the bath to treat muscular-skeletal problems. The oil can be inhaled to clear respiratory issues. It can be added to a cream for using in facial skin care, and a vaginal douche can be used for treating cystitis. See How to use Essential Oils

Base note

Sandalwood, Juniper berry, Cypress, Vetiver, Patchouli, Benzoin, Rose and Pine.
For cystitis use: Cedarwood, Juniper berry and tea tree.

Green, floral and herbaceous

Typical Use

Use 6-8 drops of essential oil in a bath, 2 -4 drops of oil in an oil burner and 10 -18 drops per 30ml of carrier oil. See Essential Oil Dosage Chart

Folklore and History

This tree has traditionally been held sacred by the Native American Indians and its leaves, bark, twigs and fruit have been used by these people. Cedar was used to treat many conditions and the leaves were dried and burned as incense during prayer to Great Spirit.


Sesquiterpenes as cadinene, cedrene, thujopsene, cuparene, alcohols as cedrol, cedrenol, widdrol, y-eudesmol.


None known. Irritation in some individuals, avoid in pregnancy.