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Cedarwood, Texas (Juniperus Mexicana) Essential Oil


 Texas Cedarwood essential oil

Juniperus mexicana, Texas cedarwood, undiluted, aromatherapeutic, also referred to as Juniperus ashei

Country of Origin – USA
Steam distilled from the wood

There are quite a few different "cedarwoods", but the one we are offering is Texas Cedarwood. Please check our Essential Oil Database for a more comprehensive discussion of cedarwoods in general. According to current and past research and literature, the following properties are attributed to this particular oil due to its main components of a-cedrene and cedrol. Cedrol in particular, as far as I can ascertain, isn't as high in other "cedarwoods" and does have some interesting properties and research on that component. We were told years ago while sourcing the essential oils for our Insect Repellent, that Texas Cedarwood was by far the better insect repellent. Just words, no facts that I can back that up with other than very successful results from our repellent for over 16 years. 

  • Smokey, deep, warm fragrance - very good addition to blends (or alone) for men's cologne. More closely resembles sandalwood than red cedar or pencil-type fragrance.
  • Not a very good antimicrobial oil - many others work better in this regard
  • Not endangered, sustainably produced - read more here.
  • Insecticide, particularly against dust mites which are strong allergens, as well as moths
  • Brings harmony, relaxation and is good for reducing anxiety
  • Mucolytic and a good expectorant
  • Sedative properties attributed to the cedrol content, which is higher in Texas and Virginia varieties of cedarwood 
  • Possibly useful for asthma-type conditions due to relaxation and inhibition of bronchial constriction and inflammation
  • Blood pressure control according to studies
  • Scalp stimulant and believed to increase hair growth - see our Borage Hot Oil Hair Therapy
  • Increases memory and emotional fortitude
  • Excellent for skin rashes and skin irritations
  • Inhaling cedrol reduced blood pressure according to several human studies


10 mL and 15 ml sizes available in amber glass bottles with safety dropper cap

Please see the information above.

INGREDIENTS: 100% pure, undiluted, unadulterated essential oil of Texas Cedarwood (Juniperus Mexicana)


I personally love the warm smokey scent of this particular type of cedarwood. It's a fairly thick oil and good for skin issues such as acne, eczema and general dermatitis. You will find lots of information about Atlas, Himalayan and even Virginia Cedarwood, but it is more difficult to find information about Texas Cedarwood. Robert Tisserand's book EOS states that the oil is distilled from waste left after clearing of land (so sustainable and economical), but I read others who said the trees are cut down only for the purpose of making the essential oil and also to obtain the component Cedrol. Obviously, some of the information has changed in the past decade as Atlas Cedarwood was considered "endangered", but now that link is not available, and I hear conflicting information about that as well. So, I will do more research.

One particularly interesting piece of information I found from Aromahead's Component Database: "Inhaled cedrol produces marked sedation in both normal and anosmic rats. It was also sedative in an anosmic human. Two different studies. I have a couple of very dear customers who are anosmic, which means they have lost their sense of smell and I've often pondered if aromatherapy is effective for them. I decided that I thought it was, but having these two studies at my fingertips now is very helpful.

Safety-wise I found conflicting information as well, but I tend to go back to EOS for my final say on why something may or may not be safe for pregnant/lactating women and/or for children. One book said "avoid all cedars during pregnancy", but I could find nothing to substantiate that. I looked through many books, including EOS, and I looked at the components that are predominant in our GC/MS and, again, could find nothing to indicate there is a risk for using Texas Cedarwood. Shirley Price indicated that Himalayan cedarwood could be neurotoxic and/or abortive depending on the percentage of ketone content (50%) and also Atlas cedarwood (20%). But again, not listed in EOS as being a problem with pregnancy, lactation or children. 

Always a good source to check: http://tisserandinstitute.org/safety/safety-guidelines/

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