19 November 2008

The bright, wildgrown, forest-like scent of this Juniper blends well with many oils, and has been noted to evoke feelings of love, health, and peace. Juniper berries are the common source for the oil, when distilled from the needles and twigs, it is not as uplifting an aroma, and does not seem to be considered as therapeutic.

Juniper oil is distilled from the berries of an evergreen shrub native to just about everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. The needles and berries of Juniper have a long history of traditional herbal use.

Botanical Name
Juniperus communis

Origin
Tibet and Europe

Color
Clear and pale oil

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin, watery viscosity

Perfumery Note
Middle

Aroma
Fresh, earthy, woody, balsamic, slightly sweet aroma with almost a hidden fruity note

Strength of Initial Aroma
Mild - Medium

Extraction Method
Juniper oil is extracted from dried, crushed or slightly dried ripe fruit by steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
A-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, y-terpinene, 1,4-cineole, b-phellandrene, p-cymene, terpinen-4-ol, bornyl acetate, cayophyllene and trace amounts of limonene, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, borneol, nero, camphene, and myrcene

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, depurative, diuretic, rubefacient, stimulating, stomachic, sudorific, vulnerary and tonic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Juniper oil can help calm the nerves, relieves anxiety, nervous tension and mental exhaustion
  • It is helpful when the prostate gland is enlarged and is used to help with the inability to pass urine, in cases of cystitis and kidney stones
  • It is also helpful for cellulite and fluid retention
  • Juniper oil generally helps with the digestive system, particularly in cases of obesity, over-indulgence of food and premenstrual bloating
  • For the liver, it has a tonic effect and helps regulate the menstrual cycle and eases painful period pains
  • It assists with the elimination of uric acid and therefore relieves pain in cases of gout, rheumatism and arthritis
  • Juniper oil is also very effective for acne, eczema, oily skin, weeping eczema, psoriasis and dandruff and alleviates inflammation
  • Diffuse or apply Juniper essential oil topically. Diffusing in a room or house may help 'clear the air'. May be added to food or soy/rice milk and taken as a supplement
  • Juniper essential oil has traditionally used as an anti-septic, astringent, digestive stimulant, and for purifying and detoxifying
  • Juniper may help acne, dermatitis, eczema, depression, fatigue, sore muscles, and urinary infections
  • They have been used medicinally for urinary infections such as cystitis and urethritis, or respiratory complaints such as bronchitis and coughs, as well as gastrointestinal infections

Precaution

  • It is considered non-toxic but since it can stimulate the uterine muscle it should not be used during pregnancy
  • It should not be used by people with kidney problems
  • It is non-sensitizing, but some people do have a reaction to it
  • It is generally wise to us this oil in moderation
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
Blend with
Clary sage, sandalwood, bergamot, geranium, marjoram. rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus

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