Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Juniper berry is native to the countries of Northern Europe, Canada, Scandinavia, Siberia, and Northern Asia. Juniper berry essential oil is extracted from the tree Juniperus communis and is also referred to as common juniper.
Juniper berries are used to flavour the alcoholic beverage gin.
Also, in historical times juniper berries were burnt to help control disease and epidemics.
What does juniper berry essential oil smell like?
Fresh and sweet like as if you’re in an evergreen forest.
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
Where has juniper berry essential oil been sourced from?
This particular juniper berry oil originates from Croatia.
How is juniper berry essential oil extracted?
Juniper berry oil is extracted by steam distillation.
This involves using steam from boiling water to extract the essential oil from the plant.
The heat from the steam causes the plant’s cell walls to open allowing the essential oil to be released.
What other oils blend well with juniper berry oil?
Juniper berry oil blends well with benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lemongrass, lime, rosemary, sandalwood, sweet orange and vetiver.
How can I benefit from juniper berry essential oil?
Juniper berry is another one of those all purpose essential oils.
In aromatherapy, juniper berry essential oil is used in the treatment of bronchitis, eczema, acne, dandruff, gout, fatigue, nervous exhaustion, cystitis, urinary infections, menstrual difficulties and prostrate problems.
It helps to reduce inflammation and is purifying to the body.
It also has energizing benefits so can be helpful to improve mental clarity and memory plus can be a useful tonic in helping with cellulite deposits.
Are there precautions I should know about?
Juniper berry oil can stimulate the uterine muscle. For that reason, it should not be used during pregnancy.