Essential Oil of Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Origin: Hungary, France, Italy, Yugoslavia and Canada
Plant description: An evergreen shrub that can grow up to 30 feet in the wild but is cultivated to a height of 6 feet. It has blue-green needle-like leaves, small yellow flowers and the female tree produces a blue/black fruit.
Part of plant used for essential oil: Berries
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Main Chemical Constituents: 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.
PRECAUTIONS: Prolonged use may overstimulate kidneys. Should be avoided in certain cases of kidney disease or other inflammatory conditions. An emmenagogue that is best avoided during pregnancy.
PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, depurative, diuretic, insecticide, rubefacient, stimulating, stomachic, sudorific, vulnerary, nervine, stomachic, and tonic.
Circulation/Muscles/Joints: It eliminates uric acid therefore relieving rheumatism and arthritis. Alleviates inflammation and encourages joint and muscle health.
Digestive: Helpful to the digestive system, particularly in cases of obesity, and over-indulgence of food and premenstrual bloating. Can be applied as a compress over the abdomen after overeating.
Nervous system: Helps calm the nerves and relieves anxiety and nervous tension
Mental/Emotional: Helps relieve mental exhaustion
Reproductive: Regulates the menstrual cycle and eases painful period pains.
Circulation: Helps relieve fluid retention
Respiratory: When inhaled it works to support clear breathing, detoxification and cleansing.
Urinary system: Helps when the prostrate gland is enlarged and is used to help with the inability to pass urine in cases of cystitis and kidney stones.
Skin care: Very effective for acne, eczema, oily skin, weeping eczema, psoriasis and dandruff. As a diuretic it may also be beneficial in detoxifying our skin and the elimination process through our sweat glands.
- The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar