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January 10, 2020 2 min read

Virginia Cedarwood…it isn’t really a cedar at all but that is the common name for the essential oil covered in this spotlight.

Botanical information

While the common name for this essential oil spotlight is Virginia Cedarwood, its botanical name is Juniperus virginiana. There are two different oils produced from this tree. One is from the heart wood that is called Blood Cedar due to its beautiful deep brown to red color. The other is from all trunk wood and tends to be a transparent to light yellow hue.

If you haven’t experienced the Blood Cedar before, it is a MUST have!

Emotional/Energetic Qualities

It tends to be very grounding and calming during stressful transitions. This in turn helps take the load off your nervous system so you can relax and recenter (think soothing to the nerves). It makes a wonderful oil to use in the evening!

It can be balancing emotionally so it is wonderful in women’s blends. This with a little clary sage and geranium is wonderful!

The Blood Cedar is also protective while providing strength. It can be used in clearing blends, too! Try blending it with a little Blood Orange, Rosemary ct cineole, and Peppermint for a nice clearing blend.

Virginia Cedarwood Essential Oil

Safety Data

Virginia Cedarwood/Blood Cedar essential oil is considered non-toxic and generally safe if used properly. Meaning, don’t place on broken skin and because it is pure, potent essential oil it should be diluted before using it topically. Otherwise this oil has a long shelf life of six to eight years.


The aroma of the Blood Cedar is beautiful – it’s balsamic and lightly sweet making it quite the dreamy oil! It has a nice woodsy aroma that is like our artisan Alligator Juniper but not as pronounced.

Blends With

It’s a wonderful oil to diffuse during colds or to relax in the evening. It can also be used in topical massage oils and salves using safe dilution ratios. You can also use it in steam tents or your aroma stick/inhaler.

Need a few ideas on what to blend it with? Here are a few you can find on our website:

  • Black spruce,
  • Cinnamon,
  • Clary sage,
  • Clove bud,
  • Cypress,
  • Frankincense,
  • Geranium,
  • Ginger,
  • Helichrysum,
  • Lavender,  
  • Patchouli,
  • Scotch Pine
  • Vetiver


You can create your own soothing chest rub blend using the ingredients below:

  • 3 drops of Virginia Cedarwood (Blood Cedar)
  • 2 drops of Scotch Pine
  • 3 drops of Cypress
  • 1 ounce jojoba