Juniper oil is highly sought after for its aphrodisiac, cleansing, detoxifying and purifying and protective characteristics. The juniper’s essential oil is steam distilled from its berries, needles and bark. It can be found in Hungary, Italy, France, and Canada and originally came from northern Europe.
Why should I be aware of this?
Juniper oil is often prescribed by herbalists for its antiseptic, disinfectant, sedative, and stimulant properties. It may also be blended with bergamot, grapefruit, lavender, lime, and rosemary to prepare many different mixtures for different ailments.
All about Juniper oil
Juniper oil has been reported to have been used by the Egyptians not only in their cosmetics and perfumes but also during their burial ceremonies. Today the oil is used as disinfectant in commercial establishments and households. . It is used in baths to rejuvenate the mind. It works as a detoxifier to relieve fluid buildups. It is also prescribed for liver, kidney and bladder ailments.
Juniper oil is an essential oil. It is highly concentrated and very aromatic. Juniper extract is an extract which is made by soaking juniper berries in a solvent, classically alcohol, yielding a milder form of juniper flavoring.
A wide variety of food can be flavored with Juniper oil, as also soft drinks, root beer, gum, candy, and ice cream. It is also used to flavor gin. Some companies use it as a substitute for birch flavoring in foods traditionally flavored with birch.
Used in alternative medicine
It is also used in alternative medicine to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, dry skin, and dandruff. It is also massaged into sore muscles and aching joints, and diluted juniper essential oil may be taken internally for its diuretic properties. In aromatherapy, juniper oil is said to diffuse fatigue and provide energy.
Juniper oil is very useful for the digestive system, especially in the case of obesity. It works wonders in combating premenstrual bloating. It regulates the menstrual cycle and alleviates the pain that usually tends to occur during periods. It is owing to the multiple health benefits of Juniper oil that it is considered to be extremely beneficial for medicinal purposes.
Other health benefits
- Antiseptic: It is a well known antiseptic since the ancient times. It was even used in injuries sustained by the mother as well as the child, during labor.
- Anti Rheumatic: As the oil promotes and improves circulation, it also helps in the removal of toxins like uric acid from the body and help fight ailments like rheumatism, arthritis, gout, renal calculi etc. Also relieves swelling.
- Anti Spasmodic: Effective on almost all forms of cramps - muscular, intestinal, respiratory or of any other part. It also helps cure spasmodic cholera.
- Astringent: Being an astringent, Juniper oil helps cure toothache, stops hair loss, strengthens grip of gums on teeth and protect them from swaying, falling, tightens loosened muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness and youth.
- Carminative: Juniper oil effectively removes gases and does not allow gas formation too.
- Diuretic: Juniper Oil is diuretic in nature and thereby increases frequency of urination.
- Depurative: This essential oil cleans blood of toxins and thus acts as a detoxifier or blood purifies.
- Rubefacient: Juniper oil, when applied on skin, increases blood circulation just below the surface of the skin which helps to keep it healthy.
- Stimulant: Properties of juniper oil like emenagogue, galactogogue and diuretic etc. result from a single property of this oil called stimulant. Being a stimulant it stimulates all the activities inside the body.
- Stomachic: Keeps the stomach in order and keeps it functioning well. It helps cure stomach disorders and ulcers and ensures proper flow of bile, gastric juices and acids in stomach.
- Tonic: Juniper oil also tones up everything, including muscles, tissues, skin as well as various systems functioning inside the body, such as respiratory system, circulatory system, nervous system, digestive system and the excretory system. This tonic effect helps retain youth for a long and maintains proper health.
What can I do?
- Adequate care should be taken wile using juniper oil. Being very strong, it can be an irritant when used in a pure form. It can cause sores, itching, and burning on the skin.
- Ingestion of pure juniper oil is very inadvisable. Dilute it with carrier oils, teas, and mixed herbal tinctures.
- If you are uncomfortable using essential oils, juniper extract can be used instead.
- Juniper was a symbol of the Canaanites' fertility goddess Ashera or Astarte in Syria.
- In the Bible's Old Testament, a juniper with an angelic presence sheltered the prophet Elijah from Queen Jezebel's pursuit.
- A later apocryphal biblical tale tells of how the infant Jesus and his parents were hidden from King Herod's soldiers by a juniper during their flight into Egypt.
- In mediaeval times the berries were also used to flavor whisky in Scotland, though the whisky may just have been used as a pleasant way to administer the medicinal benefits of juniper.
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