Juniper Essential Oil

by Socha on November 25, 2011

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Juniper (Juniperus communis) is a small tree with needle like leaves and the females have berries which are at first blue, but over two years turn black as they ripen.

The juniper berry is not a true berry but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance.

The herb has great medicinal value and was used against contagious diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and the plague in Tibet and in Europe. It was also burnt in French hospitals to purify the air.

Juniper has long been used to flavour food and drink, particularly in Europe and is mostly known for its use to flavour gin. In fact, the word gin is derived from the French word for juniper, genievre.

The essential oil can be distilled out of berries which have already been used to flavour gin. Its aroma is a clean turpentine like top note with smoky woody undertones. It is a middle note oil.

Juniper essential oil has always been known for its antiseptic and diuretic properties, but perhaps its most important action is detoxification.

For the Mind:

  • Juniper has a cleansing effect on both mental and emotional states

For the Body:

  • One of the best oils to assist the body in detoxification
  • Special affinity for the genito-urinary tract, being a tonic, purifying, antiseptic and stimulating, so a great oil for cystitis.
  • Strong diuretic and antiseptic properties making it very good for treating water retention in both women and men and can be helpful for prostate problems.
  • Has astringent properties as well as being antiseptic so great for treating acne or other skin complaints, particularly eczema.
  • Has such strong elimination properties that it is very valuable in helping conditions such as arthritis, gout, cellulitis and rheumatism, where toxins have accumulated due to poor elimination.

Here are some ways to use Juniper essential oil at home:

Massage oil – Blend it with a carrier oil for massage or use a few drops in the bath for:

  • Arthritis
  • Cellulite
  • Nervous tension
  • Cystitis
  • Gout
  • Swollen joints

Oil Burner – Add a few drops to some water and burn around the house to:

  • Purify the air
  • Help relieve nervous tension
  • Help get rid of hangovers
  • Raise the spirit in challenging situations

Cream or alcohol base – add a few drops to a cream base or alcohol base to use for skin condition, where oil is not appropriate:

  • Oily skin
  • Acne
  • Weeping eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Any inflammatory skin ailments

Some cautions to keep in mind:

Due to its stimulating effect it should be avoided in pregnancy. It should also be avoided by anyone suffering with kidney problems, without the guidance of a practitioner.

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