The Essential Oils of Juniper Berries
Juniper berries offer a number of health benefits through its content of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant phytochemicals. It is also an antibiotic and diuretic, stimulating the kidneys to express urine faster, and useful in treating urinary tract conditions and infections. Some herbal midwives use it to stimulate uterine contractions - a major reason for juniper berries being avoided by pregnant women. However, the berries also contain significant quantities of essential oils that offer their own health benefits and uses.
The volatile oil contains over 70 identified substances, although over 80% is composed of terpenes. By applying the oil externally, you can relieve the ache of muscular pains, joint pain and pains in the lower back. It is also antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, and can be applied to help clear up acne and eczema. Steam inhalation helps relieve coughs, bronchitis, congestion and other conditions of the respiratory tract. A few drops can be used in the bath to stimulate slow menstruation.
Juniper berries have many uses, both in the form of a supplement and the natural essential oil. Use the oil according to instructions since too much, like many essential oils, can have a toxic effect.
|Juniper has been used as a fragrance since ancient times and was thought to purify the air where it was used. It has a pleasing floral aroma that is uplifting and stimulating. This essential oil is 100% pure.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Fun fact: Juniper was once considered to have the power to restore lost youth.
Juniper berry was one of the first aromatics used in ancient civilization, and has a colorful history of use. The ancient Greeks burned juniper branches to combat epidemics. The English burned it as well, and hoped its magical powers would repel evil spirits, witches, and demons. Ancient Egyptians anointed corpses with juniper oil, and used the berries in cosmetics and perfumes. Europeans regarded juniper oil as a miracle cure for typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and tapeworms. Many cultures today still value juniper's many benefits. Tibetans still revere juniper and use it as a purification incense, while Native Americans burn it in their cleansing ceremonies. Holistic medicine also embraces juniper, and considers it a highly versatile and therapeutic oil.
Mixes well with: Atlas cedarwood, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lime, myrrh, orange, palmarosa, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, tangerine, and tea tree.
Parts used: Dried, crushed, or slightly dried ripe fruit.
Extraction method: Steam distillation.
Safety Information: Avoid if pregnant. Do not use if diagnosed with kidney problems.