Essential Oil – Juniper Berry
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Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Latin Name Juniperus Communis
Clear, refreshing and slightly woody.
An evergreen shrub, cultivated to a height of six feet, however, spurts to around thirty in the wild. Juniper thrives easily in arctic conditions though is found in many parts of the world. It has a reddish stem, with needle-like leaves, supporting small yellow flowers with blue/blackberries. The oil obtained from France and Italy.
Juniper played a major role in many contagious diseases such as cholera and typhoid. In Mongolia, it was given to women at the onset of labour. The 15th & 16th-century herbalists praised it highly for its effect on the plague and also as a cure for bites. Juniper and Rosemary twigs were burnt for a long time in French hospitals to clear the air and it was looked upon as a cure-all in Yugoslavia. Its ability to replenish tired spirits is inferred in the bible when the exhausted Elijah slept under a Juniper tree and is the famous ingredient of gin.
Clears stimulates and strengthens nerves. Purifies the atmosphere, supports the spirit in challenging situations.
A very effective diuretic valuable for cystitis, inability to pass water, kidney stones, cellulitis, fluid retention, detoxifier, haemorrhoids, stimulates the body when feeling drowsy, purifies the blood making it valuable where there are disease-carrying insects. Beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscular stiffness. Also works well on the menstrual cycle, regulating periods and easing painful cramps.
Effect on skin
A tonic for oily and congested skins. Its purifying properties may ease acne, blocked pores, dermatitis, weeping eczema, psoriasis and swellings.
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lime, Myrrh, Niaouli, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood.
Essential Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.