CEDARWOOD VIRGINIANJuniperus virginiana
The true identity of Virginian Cedarwood has caused much confusion, for it is not so much a Cedar, but a Juniper - Red Juniper, to be precise. Virginian Cedarwood is native to North America. Native Americans have long held it sacred in the same way as regular Juniper was in the Old World.They regarded it as a 'Tree of Life' and valued it for its purifying and protective properties. It is an indispensable ingredient of sacred smudging blends used for purification in ceremonies and sweatlodges. It is also one of the most important incenses burned in the Peyote rituals of the Native American Church and serves as a fragrant offering to the plant devas when collecting medicinal herbs. Western tribes carve their totem poles from its wood
Cedarwood Virginia repels both vermin and insects. Therapeutically it is very useful for arthritic and rheumatic conditions and muscle aches and pains. It is also helpful for infections of the urinary system (but not kidney infection) and to stimulate delayed or scanty periods. Its purifying, fortifying aroma works well for stress related conditions. Use with caution. Avoid during pregnancy.
Cederwood Virginia can be used in all ritual work, but is particularly suitable for attuning to nature spirits. It is purifying and protective and makes a very powerful ritual cleanse. It dispels negative energies and attracts good spirits and protects the seeker on his spirit journey or vision quest. It is very potent. Use with caution.
A somewhat balsamic, resinous, juniper like scent. Blends well with Amyris, Cardamom, Juniper, Cypress, Vetivert, Patchouli and Benzoin.