Natters on Aromas - Juniper Berry
Updated: Feb 1, 2019
Family - Coniferae
I think most people think juniper berry, and gin is the first thing that comes to mind!! Can’t say I mind a glass myself.
It is the oil of cleansing and purification. The Greeks burnt the branches to combat epidemics. The English used it to ward off and repel evil spirits, witches and demons. Ancient Egyptians anointed corpses with juniper oil and used the berries in cosmetics and perfumes. Europeans regarded the oil as a miracle cure for typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and tapeworm. It does remind us how long essential oils have been around. Tibetans still use it as a cleansing incense, and Native Americans burn it in their cleansing ceremonies.
With these cleansing properties, juniper oil is a good one for skin conditions. Often skin conditions are a manifestation of an accumulation of toxins in the body – certain types of eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Baths are a good way to use it; mix a few drops into a plain bath oil, and let the skin enjoy soaking in the beautiful oil you have added, to help sooth away the discomfort.
It is an oil that is very therapeutic for arthritis, rheumatism and gout. It helps the body eliminate toxins, in particular the uric acid. It is particularly good when the pain is of a cold and cramping nature. Again, it is great to use in a bath. Enjoy a long warm soak with the oils wrapping around your aching limbs, or rub a warm oil into the affected joints.
A cool tip I got the other day was to use your slow cooker with some water in it, as an oil warmer.
Put your carrier oil into a small container and leave it warming in the cooker with a small amount of water in the bottom, until it is a nice warm temperature. Then add your essential oils. It sounds so lovely to have warm oil used instead of cold.
This oil also has a mild analgesic affect so in that way it will be comforting too.
Juniper has a tonic effect on the digestive system. If like me you have a sluggish digestive system, nice to rub diluted juniper oil into your stomach and abdomen.
While we are still down below !!! Juniper has a particular affinity to the urino-genial tract, and is a very good oil to treat cystitis and other urinary tract infections. Again you can massage over the lower abdomen or around the kidneys with a diluted oil. Or you could make a warm compress (see below) and place it over the area where you have rubbed the oil (4 drops of oil in ½ tsp of carrier oil) leave like that for half an hour. The warm compress as described here is good for aches and pains.
There is always a use for that odd sock in your drawer. I have had loads over the years – still haven’t found where this sock heaven is. So put it to good use and make your own compress:
Gather your materials. All you need for the basic compress is a clean tube sock and some dry, uncooked rice, beans or oats to go inside it. ...
Fill the tube sock. ...
Seal the open end of the tube sock. ...
Microwave the compress. ...
Place a barrier between your skin and the compress. ...
Place the compress against area of discomfort
Research studies have shown that it has antibacterial properties within three of its components (alpha-pinene, p-cymene and beta-pinene), so you can understand why it makes an excellent domestic disinfectant when your house is full of colds and flu. It also freshens the air, which means it is a good oil to put it in your diffuser. A particularly good alternative to Tea Tree if you have pets.
Apparently it increases the activity of 3 very important anti-oxidants in the body. One of them glutathione peroxidase is associated with the prevention and development of diseases like cancer and heart disease. I am sure there is more research to do, but fascinating what we may be able to do going forward.
Juniper berry oil contains anti-oxidants, which apparently help to slow age-related degradation. I feel I might need to put a drop or two in my moisturiser 😂
So far this moisturiser of mine is getting very potent with all these wonderful oils that are going to do me so much good.
I can’t wait on my course to learn how to blend them, and share with you how they benefit from coming together and being more powerful.
As always I like to finish with the emotional benefits of the oil.
It is a neurotonic and cleanses (no surprise there) our emotional system, helping cases of stress, anxiety and general burn out. It helps to dispel emotions of insecurity, loneliness, sadness and guilt.
Again, it is fabulous in a bath. It is said to calm dreams – so especially good at night, if you have been suffering from bad dreams. However, if you don’t have time for a bath, you find yourself drained and fraught, put a drop or two in your hands, rub them together and brush lightly over your head, shoulders and down your arms.
So Amanda, she says: juniper berry teaches that there is truly nothing to fear when one acknowledges and accepts all aspects of one ’s self. It helps to get rid of irrational fears and aid you to feel protected, courageous and self-aware.
Gabriel Mojay – it is a good oil for those that feel burdened and deeply absorbed in their own thoughts. Especially good for those that revolve around worries, pressures and unpleasant memories. Helps purge us of the worry and self-absorption that is rooted in the fear of failure.
If buying this oil, remember the juniper berry is what makes the best oil; the oil from the leaves and twigs is inferior
Please remember when reading this, it is for fun and information. I am writing this as I study. If anything rings true for you and you would like to use Juniper Berry oil, be careful, take advice from a professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
None of the above is in place of medical advice. It’s just my knowledge journey with Juniper Berry. I am not suggesting any diagnosis, treatment or cure