Value of Red Cedar Oil
From contributor R:
I used to apply cedar oil to my boots when deer hunting. Just a few drops were needed. Appears to work. I had pretty good luck.
From contributor J:
There is or was a large commercial market for ERC oil... I think it gets shipped to Japan, and I remember being told that the oil is worth several hundred dollars a gallon. Don't quote me on that, but the guys who clear cedars here in Oklahoma worked on a process to extract the oil. That was a few years ago, and I haven't heard anything since. Google it and see where you go.
From contributor K:
I have a similar phenomena when I kiln dry juniper. I noticed a waxy crystalline substance on the door seal of the kiln. I took it to the extension agent and she sent it to the University for testing. Came back as 94% cedrol. It looked like petroleum jelly that had frosted into place. I have not identified a commercial value to the precipitate.
From contributor L:
About ten years ago in BC Canada several groups were extracting the oil from green cedar boughs. The oil was shipped to Europe where it was used as a perfume base. The BC government killed the project as cedar trees on crown land were being cut just for the boughs. If this is the same oil, I suspect with a little detective work, a market could be found.
From contributor N:
You may be interested in this study by Greg Russell from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. There is definitely a market for red oil! In fact, I recently spoke to a gentleman who said it's currently $4.00/lb. It's used in perfumes. The study linked below has more numbers.
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