Juniper berries (Juniperus communis) essential oils benefits
Juniper is very refreshing, invigorating, cleansing. It is also a very powerful plant extract useful to ease joints stiffness and arthritis. It counteracts fluid retention and supports the urinary system.
Juniper is known since ancient times as a strong purifier agent for the mind, body, and spirit. It supports natural cleansing and detoxifying, and it is very useful when planning weight loss or alcohol detox. Thanks to its anti-toxic and depurative qualities, it lowers uric acid levels and can control gout symptoms. It is also useful in treatments for joint mobility especially in the case of arthritis, stiffness, or paralytic conditions. On a psychological level, Juniper does to the mind what it does to the body: helps clearing all the waste and start fresh. Juniper’s antiseptic and astringent properties make it a perfect anti-acne treatment.
Botanical Name: Junipers comunis
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the dried berries
Origin: Hungary, Bosnia, France
Color: Pale yellow
Aroma: fresh, green, fruity, balsamic
Blends well with: Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Ho Sho, Clary sage, Cypress, Fir needle, Lavender, Rosemary, German chamomile
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stomachic.
HOW TO USE
To calm nerves, burn 2-3 drops every 5 hours (add Lavender for a fresher aroma or Cedarwood).
Dilute Add 2-4 drops in a warm compress on painful joints or dilutes in 5 ml of carrier oil for massage.
To detox, stimulate the lymphatic system, and lose weight add 2-4 drops to a warm bath (enhance with Cypress or Grapefruit). Can be used every day but no more than 4 consecutive weeks.
Use at 1% dilution in skincare bases to control acne.
Not suitable during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Patch test as it may irritate the skin. Not recommended for children younger than 12 years. Avoid if kidney disease.