Juniper Berry Oil
Juniper berry oil is extracted by steam distilling the crushed berries of the juniper bush, and it gives off a sweet, fresh and woody aroma. It contains the compounds terpineol, terpinene and pinene which are responsible for its internal and topical health benefits.
Juniper oil is a warming, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, carminative and detoxifying oil that can be taken internally to treat digestive symptoms and promote detoxification. When used externally it can encourage hair growth, reduce dandruff, and treat eczema, acne, dermatitis and skin infections. It can also be massaged into the joints and muscles to relive pain, inflammation and fatigue.
Juniper berry oil, when inhaled, may promote mental and emotional energy, and relieve anxiety and fearfulness.
Directions for use
You may take juniper berry oil internally by drinking 1 drop added to a glass of water, but speak to your doctor first.
Make a skin moisturizer, hair oil and massage oil by mixing 2-3 drops with 10-20ml of carrier oil and rubbing it into the hair, scalp, face, body and joints.
Add a few drops of this oil to a bath to promote relaxation and soothe the body. It can be blended with cedar wood, sandalwood and rosewood oil to enhance the benefits.
Add 2-3 drops of juniper berry oil to an oil burner or diffuser to enjoy the aromatic benefits and kill germs in your environment.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.