Obtained from a tree known as “Red Cedar” is an essential oil called Juniperus Virginiana. This oil is extracted from a tree belonging to the “Juniperus virginiana” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is derived from the wood of the tree using the “steam distillation” process. In addition, the tree from which this oil is extracted from is mainly found in regions located at high altitudes and possessing a cool climate.
A. Chemical constituents of Juniperus Virginiana:
This oil is extracted from the wood of a tree called “Red Cedar/Cedar Wood belonging to the “Juniperus virginiana” species in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil also consists of organic compounds such as Alpha Cedrene, Beta Cedrene, Cedrol, Widdrol, Thujopsene and a group of Sesquiterpenes.
B. The uses and benefits of Juniperus Virginiana:
There are a number of benefits that an individual can acquire by using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil when used exhibits an “antiseptic” property by enabling the treatment of wounds by destroying disease causing microorganism.
This oil comprises of an “antispasmodic” property which when used serves by inhibiting muscles spasms formed in systems such as digestive, respiratory etc.
This oil also serves as a “diuretic” by flushing waste material such as kidney stonr from the respiratory system by stimulating urination.
This oil also helps in expelling phlegm formed within the respiratory system when used, and thereby serving as expectorant.
This oil also helps in the suppression of “inflammation” and swelling and thereby serves as an anti-inflammation.
C. The adverse effects of the Juniperus Virginiana:
There are a number of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:
- The use of this oil can be severely harmful to pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.
- This oil if used in excess could lead to skin irritation, and hence must be used with care.
- This oil usage could lead to nausea, vomiting, and excessive thirst.