What is Juniper berry oil?
The essential oil
of juniper is obtained through steam distillation of the needles, wood and powdered fruits of juniper, bearing the scientific name Juniperus communis
. Its main components are alpha-pinene, camphene, beta pinene, sabinene, myrcene, alpha-phellandrene, alpha-terpinene, gamma terpinene, cineole, beta phellandrene, para-cymene, terpineol, bornyl acetate, and caryophyllene. It also has trace amounts of limonene, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, borneol, and nerol. It is used in many industries, as well as to flavor alcoholic beverages like gin. Juniper is an evergreen shrub
that is very common in Europe. Smelling nice is great, but there is far more to Juniper Berry and its essential oil in terms of impressive health benefits, and that is where our interest lies. Let’s explore some of the impressive qualities and benefits that juniper Berry oil can add to your body.
It should be avoided during pregnancy and by those who have kidney problems, and it should always be used in low concentrations.
Juniper Berry oil has been a well-known antiseptic in the past and people wounded or injured in wars or athletics were treated with it. It was even used in injuries sustained by both the mother and child during difficult labors. It efficiently protects wounds from becoming septic or developing tetanus.
Juniper Berry essential oil
promotes and improves blood circulation. It also helps in the removal of toxins like uric acid from the body.
Juniper Berry oil is also effective in nearly all forms of cramps, whether it is muscular, intestinal, respiratory or any other area.
Acts as an Astringent
Being an astringent, juniper essential oil
helps cure toothaches, stops hair loss
, strengthens the grip of gums on your teeth, and protects them from loosening or falling out. It also tightens loose muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness, and youth.
Carminative agents help in the removal of gases from the intestines. Gas, when trapped in the intestines and forced upwards, can be very dangerous, and sometimes can even be fatal.
The essential oil
of juniper cleans the blood of toxins and thus acts as a detoxifier or blood purifier. This property is also known as depurative, meaning ‘one which purifies’. It helps remove the common toxins like uric acid, heavy metals, pollutants and certain compounds and hormones produced by the body itself.
Juniper Berry oil is diuretic in nature, meaning that it promotes urination. It increases both the frequency and volume of urination. Therefore, it is very beneficial for people who are suffering from an accumulation of water in the body, or swelling due to minor or chronic renal failure.
As the name goes, rubefacient means an agent that makes your face look red. However, this is not limited to the face, but also with the rest of the body.
A sudorific substance is an agent which can bring about heavy sweating or perspiration. This is nothing to get annoyed at.
Acts as a Stimulant
Some of the properties of juniper oil like its abilities as an emmenagogue, galactagogue, and diuretic substance result from a single property of this oil as a stimulant.
Treats Stomach Issues
Juniper Berry oil is a stomachic, that is, it keeps the stomach in order and keeps it functioning well. It also helps cure stomach disorders and ulcers and ensures the proper flow of bile, gastric juices and acids into the stomach for digestion.
Have you ever heard of health tonics? Have you had any? Juniper oil is also considered a tonic, because it tones up everything, including the muscles, tissues, skin, and various other systems inside the body.
Speeds Up Healing Process
If a diluted solution of this oil is applied on wounds or blended with a skin
cream and applied, it helps your wounds heal faster and keeps them protected from infections. This oil is equally beneficial in healing internal wounds, cuts, and ulcers.
Juniper is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth in medicinal amounts short-term, when inhaled appropriately as a vapor, or when applied to the skin
in small areas. Using juniper on the skin can cause some side effects including irritation, burning, redness, and swelling. Avoid using it on large skin wounds. Taking juniper by mouth long-term or in a high dose is LIKELY UNSAFE as it can cause kidney problems, seizures, and other serious side effects.