Juniper berry essential oil, a unique ingredient in many of PHYTO5’s holistic and Swiss-made Winter energetic skincare products and hair care lines, is a versatile and many-faceted healing agent and should be an essential component of your holistic wellness and skincare regimen. Be careful, however, because not all essential oils are high integrity and premium-grade.
History shows that juniper berry has long been believed to have purifying properties for the body. It was used to fight the spread of plagues and contagious diseases. During a smallpox epidemic, French hospitals burned juniper wood to stop its spread.
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. Swedish bitters, known for their health and vitality lending qualities, often include juniper and so does the famous Jaegermeister bitters alcohol beverage. A Swedish bitter beer known as Drikke (or Gotlandscdricka) also combines juniper boughs with berries still on them with malt, hops, yeast, water and sugar.
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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 Hungary, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Nepal and the U.S., evergreen juniper trees produce seed cones called berries. The berries tend to resemble blueberries. The sweetest oil comes from the berries of the tree, though inferior juniper oil can be harvested from the needles and twigs. Juniper berries take two or three years to ripen and only blue, ripe berries are picked for purposes of essential oil distillation.
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
- Useful in treating yeast infection and vaginitis
- Alleviates symptoms of cystitis by adding a few drops of juniper berry oil in a warm shallow bath
- Relieves chronic gas trouble
- Lessens kidney stone discomfort when placing a compress with juniper berry oil on the lower back
- Stimulates sluggish body functions
- Purifies and detoxifies the blood
- Alleviates varicose veins
- Reduces water retention
- Helps to shrink both varicose veins and hemorrhoids
- Enlivens dull skin
- Tones the skin naturally by unblocking pores and balancing oily and blackhead- and acne-prone skin
- Regulates oiliness of the hair
- An actual tonic, it helps to tone muscles and tissues
- 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
- Promotes urination when necessary
- Speeds healing
- Provides relief for bronchitis, colds and coughs when inhaled gently
- 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
This article was originally published at this site December 7, 2016 under the title, "Jennifer Juniper! Discover Juniper Berry Essential Oil, That Is!" and has been updated.
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