Juniper Essential Oil

Juniperus Communis

Juniper Essential Oil has varied uses for your health. It helps retain moisture and restores the skin; treats acne, eczema, and rashes; promotes normal intestinal function; addresses liver, gallbladder and kidney stone issues; helps with urinary tract infection, diabetes and painful menstruation.

It also helps to relieve the accumulation of uric acid which is responsible for creating gout and arthritic/rheumatic conditions.



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What is Juniper Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Juniper Essential Oil

Family:  Cupressaceae
Origins:  Grows throughout the northern hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America. The oil is produced mainly in Europe and Canada.
Other Names:  Common juniper
Description:  An evergreen with narrow, stiff blue-green needles. It has small flowers and small, round berries. 
Extraction:  Essential oil created by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Needles and berries

Principal Constituents:  Monoterpenes: pinene, myrcene, sabinene with limonene, cymene, terminene, thudene and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition 
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil

Suggested Uses

Acne

Juniper Essential Oil is a very popular natural remedy against acne and other skin irritations/infections.

Juniper berry has alpha-pinene, p-cymene and beta-pinene constituents that make it a powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. Because of this, it is quite effective at fighting acne when used topically.

The oil can be applied directly (neat) or diluted down to 25:75 with a carrier oil such as jojoba or fractionated coconut if you have very sensitive skin. Some dilution is advisable for larger areas to make it easier to cover.

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Acid Reflux

Juniper Essential Oil can be used to relieve heartburn and acid reflux.

Add a couple drops to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, and massage your stomach, abdomen and chest.

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Anti Aging

Phytochemical analysis and cytotoxicity towards multidrug-resistant leukemia cells of essential oils. PubMed.gov

Juniper Essential Oil has antioxidant properties which can help slow age related issues such as skin problems, cancer and heart disease.

Juniper has been shown to be effective against leukemia cells in lab tests.

Add Juniper to a carrier oil in a 25:75 ratio and massage areas of concern. Add a hot damp compress followed by a dry towel and a heating pad to assist with absorption.

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Arthritis

Juniper Essential Oil helps to relieve the accumulation of uric acid which is responsible for creating gout and arthritic/rheumatic conditions.

Add Juniper to a carrier oil in a 25:75 ratio and massage the painful area. Add a hot damp compress followed by a dry towel and a heating pad to assist with absorption and to ease the pain.

Take a hot aromatic bath with 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts

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Blood Pressure

Diffusing heart healthy oils like Juniper Essential Oil can be helpful in controlling high blood pressure.

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Candida

According to some studies Juniper Essential Oil may be effective against bacteria and fungi which are resistant to antibiotics.

Juniper exerts a strong antifungal reaction against the bacteria that causes candida.

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Digestive System

Juniper Essential Oil can stimulate digestive enzymes making it easier to break down and absorb protein, fats and nutrients from foods. 

Liver and Gallbladder - Juniper Essential Oil can help with infections of the liver and gallbladder as well as stimulate their performance. Apply 3 -5 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil on the liver area just below your rib cage.

Kidney Stones - Juniper can be mixed with Cedarwood and carrier oil in a 25:25:50 solution and massaged into the kidney area of the back (below the ribs) in order to deal with the pain of, or prevent kidney stones from forming. (3 - 4 times a day)

Urinary Tract Infection - For a urinary tract infection, take a hot aromatic bath with 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom salts. Add Juniper to a carrier oil in a 50:50 ratio and massage the lower abdomen in a clockwise direction. Add a hot damp compress followed by a dry towel and a heating pad to assist with absorption and to ease the pain.

Diabetes - Apply 3 -5 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil on the pancreas area of the abdomen to help with diabetes. The pancreas is sandwiched between your stomach and spine and in the curve of the duodenum (beginning of your small intestine).

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Environment

Juniper Essential Oil has antimicrobial properties which can help kill bacteria and fungi in the air and on surfaces.

  • Diffuse the oil to absorb odors and purify your indoor air
  • Use on kitchen and bathroom surfaces or appliances
  • Add several drops to the washing machine or dishwasher
  • Add a few drops to water and use it instead of harmful cleaning products

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Hemorrhoids

Juniper Essential Oil can be used for healing hemorrhoids because of its ability to reduce inflammation and ease muscle tension. This results in reduced bleeding and pressure on sensitive tissues.

To reduce the size of hemorrhoids mix Juniper and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut in a 50:50 ratio and apply twice daily (do not massage).

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Insomnia

Juniper Essential Oil is a natural sleep aid.

Before bed time take a nice hot bath with 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts.

Follow up by diffusing 20 drops in the bedroom to promote a great sleep.

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Laryngitis

Juniper Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well as the ability to clear mucus and phlegm from your vocal cords and respiratory system.

Put a few drops into a pot of steaming water and place a towel over your head. Breathe in the vapors for a few minutes whenever you feel the need to clear your airways.

Add 15 drops to a cup of Epsom Salts and take a hot aromatic bath or diffuse the oil in the bedroom while you sleep.

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Skin Treatment

Juniper Essential Oil has natural antibacterial abilities and can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and rashes.

It also has antiseptic abilities which means it works great as a home remedy for acne.

Here are three application methods you can try to assist with various skin conditions you may face:

  • Apply 3 or 4 drops in a facial using a green clay spa masque.
  • Mix a few drops with water and apply topically
  • Apply Juniper and carrier oil in a 25:75 ratio and then add a hot damp compress followed by a dry towel and a heating pad to assist with absorption.

To reduce the size of hemorrhoids mix Juniper and a carrier oil in a 50:50 ratio and apply twice daily.

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Stress Management

Juniper Essential Oil can be used in a diffuser twice daily to treat stress related conditions.

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Women's Issues

Juniper Essential Oil is a natural diuretic that will help your body flush out excess fluids from the bladder and urethra thereby reducing bloating. 

For painful menstruation add Juniper Essential Oil and carrier oil in a 50:50 ratio and massage your abdomen in a clockwise direction.

Then add a hot damp compress followed by a dry towel and a heating pad to assist with absorption and ease the pain.

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