Juniper Berry, a native of Bulgaria, is widely recognized as potent antioxidant which strengthens the body’s defense mechanism. Its essential oil is derived from the fresh or dried fruits and needles of Juniperus Scopulorum and Juniperus Osteosperma.
Juniper Berry essential oil has been used to naturally treat skin disorders, respiratory infection, and tonsillitis because of its wide variety of properties such as antibacterial and antifungal. It also has antioxidants that can kill free radicals that cause weakening of the immune system resulting in mental and physical fatigue. It emits woodsy and sweet fragrance which makes it good for aromatherapy. It also has sedative effects to treat insomnia. Just keep in mind that Juniper essential oil should be used in low concentration.
Juniper essential oil can used topically, through ingestion, and by diffusion. To diffuse oil, just add in a diffuser, burner, or vaporizer. It can also be directly inhaled from the jar or bottle. Studies have shown that Juniper essential oil may reach the brain through the bloodstream even by means of inhalation because essential oils can stimulate the structures in the olfactory system the moment it passes through the nose. The medicinal properties of the aroma will then be absorbed by then bloodstream and penetrates the lungs and combines with the circulatory process, thus reaching all parts of the body.
When any essential oil is used topically, always dilute with a good carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil before application to the skin. Massage the part being treated so the skin may absorb Juniper oil through the bloodstream and bring pain relief and improve blood circulation to the affected area.
The FDA approves internal consumption of Juniper essential oil provided that it is therapeutic grade. Make sure you buy only the reputable brand of essential oil. It is always safe to check the label first to ensure that what you have purchased is good to be taken internally. For products that are sure to have not grown with pesticides, go for the ones labeled with “100% pure organic oil.”
While it offers a lot of health benefits, Juniper is contraindicated with pregnant women and those who have been diagnosed of having kidney diseases.
Juniper essential oil can be combined with Cedar Wood, Bergamot, Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavandin, Lavender, Lime, Lemongrass, Vetiver, and Lemon.
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Personally, I use essential oils in soaps, candles, lotions, exfoliants, as a pain reliever, and for relaxation. Juniper Berry has a woodsy scent and is very male oriented. We used this in our laundry with a "Woolie ball." You basically put a few drops of this on the ball and then throw it into the dryer for 10 min on air fluff. It makes your clothes smell great and is cheaper than fabric softner, and better for the environment too.
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