Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry
Juniperus communis

Botanical Family: Cupressaceae (conifer: cypress)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from berries and needles

Common Primary Uses: Acne, Alcoholism, Dermatitis/Eczema, Kidney Stones, Tinnitus

Common Application Methods: Juniper berry oil be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Place 1 drop under the tongue, or take in capsules. Use with caution if pregnant or nursing.

Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cleanser, detoxifier, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic.

Historical Uses: Over the centuries, juniper oil has been used for physical and spiritual purification, cleansing infections and healing wounds, liver complaints, embalming, relieving arthritis and urinary tract infections, warding off plagues, epidemics, and contagious diseases, headaches, kidney and bladder problems, pulmonary infections, and fevers.

French Medicinal Uses: Acne, dermatitis, eczema.

Other Possible Uses: Juniper berry oil may work as a detoxifier and a cleanser, which may reduce acne, dermatitis, and eczema. It may also help coughs, depression, energy, infection, increase circulation through kidneys, kidney stones, liver problems, aching muscles, nerve function and regeneration, obesity, rheumatism (promotes excretion of uric acid and toxins), ulcers, urinary infections, water retention, and wounds.

Body System(s) Affected: Digestive System, Emotional Balance, Nervous System, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: Juniper evokes feelings of health, love, and peace and may help to elevate one’s spiritual awareness.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Juniper berry oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over. Use with caution during pregnancy or while nursing.

Blend Classification: Equalizer.

Blends With: Bergamot, all citrus oils, cypress, geranium, lavender, melaleuca, and rosemary.