Juniper Berry Essential Oil, Pure and Natural

Botanical Name: Juniperus communis


General description of Juniper:
An evergreen shrub or small tree up to 6 metres (20ft) high, with bluish- green narrow stiff needles. It has small flowers and little round berries, which are green in the first year, turning black in the second and third.  


Extraction of Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the crushed and partly dried berries and the needles and wood. A resinoid, concrete and absolute are also produced on a small scale.  


Description of Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
A pale yellow or water - white mobile liquid with sweet, fresh, woody - balsamic odour. It blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, elemi, fir needle, frankincence, rose, galbanum, mastic, sandalwood, vertiver, balsam tolu, benzoin, cypress, labdanum, lavandin, myrrh, pine, rosemary, oakmoss, geranium, lavender, clary sage and citrus oils.  


Main therapeutic properties of Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti- rheumatic, anti-toxic, aphrodisiac, astringent, carminative, cicatrizant, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, rubefacient, nerve tonic.  


Uses of Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
Skin care: Acne, dermatitis, eczema, as a skin toner, hair loss, haemorrhoids, oily complexions, wounds.
Circulation, muscles and joints: Accumulation of toxins, arteriosclerosis, cellulitis, gout, obesity, rheumatism.
Immune system: Colds, 'flu, infections.
Genito - urinary system: Amenorrhoea, cystitis, dysmenorrhoea, and leucorrhoea.
Nervous system: Anxiety, nervous tension, stress - related complaints.  

Juniper oil is used in diuretic and laxative preparations; also veterinary preventatives of ticks and fleas. Employed as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes, especially spicy fragrances and aftershaves. Extensively used in many food products, especially alcoholic and soft drinks.  


Effects of Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
It is purifying, clearing, fortifying, restorative, reviving. Traditionally it was burned to protect from evil spirits and drive out negative energies and this quality is still effective today. A couple of drops rubbed between the palms and brushed over the aura is purifying and protecting. Juniper is good in meditations, especially when the mind needs a spring clean. Used in a burner, it dispels the psychic presence of other people.  


Safety warnings for Juniper Berry Essential Oil:
The oil is relatively non-toxic, may be slightly irritating and non-sensitizing. However, it stimulates the uterine muscle and must not be used during pregnancy. Neither should it be used by those with kidney disease due to its nephrotoxic effect. It is not suitable for young children. The wood oil is usually adulterated with turpentine oil. It is best to use only juniper berry oil, in moderation.  
Caution: Pregnant and lactating women and people using prescription drugs should consult their physician before using any of our oils. For external use only. Essential oils are not to be taken internally or ingested. If you are pregnant or have special medical conditions, please consult a doctor before use.  


Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, by Gabriel Mojay (Healing Arts Press, 1997)
The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils, by Julia Lawless (Elements Books Ltd, 1992)
The Aromatherapy Bible, by Gill Farrer-Halls (Godsfield Press, 2005)
Illustrated elements of Essential oils by Julia Lawless (Elements Books Ltd, 2002)
The Aromatherapy and Massage book by Christine Wildwood. Published by Thersons 1994)
Complete illustrated guide to Aromatherapy by Julia Lawless (Elements Books Ltd, 1997)

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Juniper Berry Essential Oil is an invigoratingly spicy aroma. It stimulates thought and focuses the mind on challenging situations, encouraging vitality and positivity. It helps stimulate the digestive system and can soothe arthritis pains, flu and chest infections.
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