Juniper

Essential Oil of Juniper (Juniperus communis)

 

Family: Cupressaceae

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.

 

USES:

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.

 

 

References:

  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar
  2. http://essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/juniper-berry.htm#juniper-berry-oil
  3. http://www.floracopeia.com/Shop/wild-crafted-juniper-berry-oil.html

 

 

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