Juniper berry essential oil, a unique ingredient in many of PHYTO5’s holistic and Swiss-made Winter energetic skincare products and hair care line, is a versatile and many-faceted healing agent.
Its aroma is distinctive, crisp, fresh, woody and herbaceous with a hint of sweetness. If it smells a bit like a cocktail to you, it’s because juniper berries are used to flavor gin.
Juniper’s properties include anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-irritating and lipolytic but there’s a far more extensive list a couple paragraphs below.
With origins in Bulgaria, Canada, France, Nepal and the U.S., evergreen juniper trees produce seed cones called berries. The sweetest oil comes from the berries of the tree, though inferior juniper oil can be harvested from the needles and twigs.
Here’s a partial listing of the wonderful healing actions of juniper berry essential oil:
- Soothes rheumatic and arthritic pain
- Helps ease cramps from menstruation and assists to regulate the menstrual cycle
- Alleviates symptoms of cystitis by adding a few drops of juniper berry oil in a warm shallow bath
- Lessens kidney stone discomfort when placing a compress with juniper berry oil on the lower back
- Purifies and detoxifies the blood
- Reduces water retention
- Helps to shrink both varicose veins and hemorrhoids
- Tones the skin by unblocking pores and balancing oily and blackhead- and acne-prone skin
- Provides relief for psoriasis and eczema when applied in diluted form
- Soothes skin eruptions when used in a cool compress
- Softens scar tissue
- Promotes nerve regeneration after injury
- Helps treat dandruff when used in a hair rinse
- Enhances the filtration action of the kidneys
- Flushes out free radicals from your system
- Purifies the air, repelling insects
- Eases mental exhaustion and nervous tension acting as a sedative
- Acts as a grounding agent for anxiety
- Helps to sharpen memory when used in aromatherapy
- Dispels such negative emotions as guilt, loneliness and insecurity
- Releases suppressed anger and negativity when used in aromatherapy or during meditation
“Juniper berry oil is non-toxic and non-sensitizing, although there are some people who have a reaction to it, so use it in moderation. Make sure you do a skin patch test before using juniper berry oil. Apply a diluted drop on your arm and see if any reaction occurs.
Because it can stimulate the uterine muscle, juniper berry oil should not be used during pregnancy. I do not recommend this essential oil to nursing moms and very young children as well. Those who suffer from any type of kidney or liver disease should refrain from using juniper berry oil.”
–Dr. Joseph Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/juniper-berry-oil.aspx
Additional sources for this blog post:
Neal's Yard Remedies. Essential Oils: All Natural Remedies and Recipes for Your Mind, Body, and Home. New York: Penguin Random House, 2016. Print.
Rector-Page, Linda G. Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone. California: Traditional Wisdom, 2000. Print.
Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. Berkeley: Althea, 2013. Print.
Lis-Balchin, Maria. Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London: Pharmaceutical, 2006. Print.