Aromatherapy Essential Oils



Juniper Essential Oil

Juniper Essential Oil

Juniperus communis



Properties:
Juniper essential oil has a slightly woody aroma and is a pale oil. It has a watery viscosity.

Origin:
It originated from Tibet and Europe.

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

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 and nerol.

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

Uses:

  1. Juniper oil can help calm the nerves, relieves anxiety, nervous tension and mental exhaustion.
  2. 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.
  3. It is also helpful for cellulite and fluid retention.
  4. Juniper oil generally helps with the digestive system, particularly in cases of obesity, over-indulgence of food and premenstrual bloating.
  5. For the liver, it has a tonic effect and helps regulate the menstrual cycle and eases painful period pains.
  6. It assists with the elimination of uric acid and therefore relieves pain in cases of gout, rheumatism and arthritis.
  7. Juniper oil is also very effective for acne, eczema, oily skin, weeping eczema, psoriasis and dandruff and alleviates inflammation.

Precautions:

  • 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.

Blends well with:

Clary sage, Sandalwood, Bergamot, Geranium, Marjoram, Rosemary, Chamomile, Eucalyptus