Botanical Name: Juniperus communis
Part Used: Berries
Process: Steam Distillation
Juniper Berry essential oil is one of the most important and often used oils in aromatherapy; it is also a favored component in modern aromatic products and for flavoring alcoholic beverages such as gin.
Plant Description: Native to the Northern Hemisphere, including Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and Canada, now growing wild from the Arctic to tropical Africa and the mountains of Central America. The oil is produced in various European countries, Canada, Russia and India. Juniper is an evergreen tree/shrub that grows to a height of 20-35 feet or more with whorls of narrow stiff needles; it bears small white or yellow flowers producing berries that turn from pale green or brown in their first year to purple/black with a blue waxy coating after 18 months. Cultivated trees are kept to a height of 6 feet for ease in harvesting the mature berries.
Oil Description: Clear to very pale yellow mobile oil having a clear, fresh, woody-sweet and pine needle-like aroma with warm balsamic undertones.
Historical/Traditional Uses: Juniper has been in use since the distant past: remains of their berries have been found in prehistoric dwelling sites near lakes in Switzerland; commonly used by the Greeks and Romans as a disinfectant; popular as a cure-all during the Middle Ages; Hildegard of Bingen recommended the crushed berries in a hot bath for respiratory infections. Current clinical studies have been conducted on Native Americans use of juniper for treating diabetes, as reported in Diabetes Care, June 2005.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Juniper Berry essential oil clears and stimulates the mind, is highly antiseptic, and is renowned for its detoxifying and diuretic properties. It is indicated for hair loss, oily skin, obesity, and for cleansing the body of toxins. In perfumery, Juniper Berry is considered a middle note and blends well with benzoin (Siam), cedarwood, citrus oils, clary sage, cypress, elemi, fir needle, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, labdanum, lavender, oakmoss, rosemary, sandalwood, and vetiver.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Juniper Berry essential oil is non-sensitizing and non toxic; may be somewhat irritating to some individuals. Not to be used during pregnancy or by those with kidney issues.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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