Cedar Oil in Wondercide™

Cedar oil, also referred to Cedarwood Oil, has various physical and chemical compositions.  The compositions of cedar oil are complex and vary depending on the species of trees used and the extraction process.  Cedarwood oils are extracted from several members of the family Cupressaceae, which includes true cedars, junipers, and cypresses. In the US, cedar oil is harvested mainly from Juniperus virginiana (Eastern red cedar or Virginia cedar), Juniperus ashei or mexicana (Texas cedar), and Thuja plicata (Western red cedar).  Wondercide products utilize Virginia Cedar and Texas Cedar as “active” ingredients. Western red cedar is used to make playground equipment, outdoor furniture, etc. but is toxic to humans and animals in other forms.   Wondercide’s safe and unique cedar oil is produced by steam distillation and a proprietary fractionating process. This eliminates the phenols which can be hazardous to cats and small animals.

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Is harvesting Cedar Trees sustainable?Treat Nature Logo: green

Most farmers and ranchers will tell you cedar trees are much more than a nuisance…they are an economic liability. These fast growing junipers rob the land of water, displace wildlife, shade out beneficial grasses, hundreds of thousands of people are allergic to its pollen and their volatile oils make them a fire hazard.  The only ways to control cedar are by controlled burning or removing them mechanically, which is very labor intensive. In addition, these methods are only moderately effective in that this persistent  tree can grow a foot tall and a foot wide each year.

While water conservation and concern is at an all time high, it was once thought that a mature cedar will use about 33 gallons of water per day. A live oak of comparable size will use about 19 gallons per day (Owens 1996: 621).  There are many studies underway to better understand the impact of harvesting cedar, but the vast growth of this species over short periods of time allows most scholars and environmentalists to support the claim that cedar is a sustainable, naturally occurring, renewable resource.

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