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Essential Oil of Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Juniper oil acts on the skin, digestion, urinary tract, the blood and the nervous system. Along with sandalwood it is one of the classic diuretics and remedies for urinary tract infections.
Essential Oil of Juniper
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Juniper berry is another culinary herb often found in sauerkraut, goulash and as a major component of Gin, as well as being used in natural skin care and traditional medicine. Juniper is another member of the conifer Family (Coniferae) and the clear, liquid essential oil is extracted from the berries by steam distillation. It grows as a small hardwood bush found in Central and Southern Europe, Sweden and Canada.
Juniper was used to burn as incense by earlier civilisations. It was used in Tibet for both religious and medical purposes. The French used to burn a mixture of juniper twigs and rosemary leaves in hospital wards and sick rooms, to purify the air.
The essential oil of Juniper has a very slight greenish-yellow tinge and a pleasant odour. Like oils of cypress and pine it makes a refreshing bath oil and is both stimulating and relaxing.
Uses in Natural Skin Care Products:
Juniper Oil is found in the following Wildcrafted Herbal Products:
Traditional Medicinal Uses:
Juniper has many therapeutic effects one of which is its sedative action, which will help those who find sleeping difficult because of worries and tension.
Essential oil of Juniper Berry can be used in Massage or Bath oil blends for cases of insomnia due to tension and worry, stress and anxiety, where the person feels cold and fearful and for general debility.
The principal known constituents of Juniper include: Juniperine; an essential oil containing borneol and isoborneol, cadinene, pinene, camphene, terpineol, terpenic alcohol - juniper camphor, albumin, sugar (73%).
Considering its relatively mild toxicity, juniper is a remarkably effective and versatile remedy, with no contra-indications.
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