Juniper oil is extracted from Juniperus communis, of the Cupressaceae family from crushed, dried or slightly dehydrated ripe berries or needles by steam distillation. Though the oil extracted from berries is more enriched with therapeutic qualities but it can also be extracted from needles and wood of the plant.
Why is Juniper oil unique?
Health benefits of Juniper essential oil are owing to the chemical components of juniper oil. It is composed of a-pinene, terpinen-4-ol, b-pinene, myrcene, sabinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, a-phellandrene, y-terpinene, b-phellandrene, 1,4-cineole, camphene, bornyl acetate, cayophyllene and traces of camphor, limonene, linalool, borneol, linalyl acetate, and nerol.
Health Benefits of Juniper essential oil
Beneficial in Treating Skin Afflictions:
Diseases: One of the major health benefits of Juniper Oil is its ability to treat skin ailments, and is beneficial for oily skin as unclogs pores . However skin disorders being Acne, Psoriasis and Eczema are some of those major inflictions which are cured owing to its astringent and antiseptic properties.
Rashes : Being an excellent toner, it maintains such nutrients which not only strengthen the collagen fibers, hence decreasing fine lines and wrinkles but also relieves the severity of itches.
Ulcers: The oil is an antiseptic and has antiviral product which ensures that the blood doesn’t get infected with tetanus and lead to inflammations. Ulcers can therefore be easily treated using this oil, which should counteract chemicals and suppress their effects.
Juniper oil benefits for Hair
Dandruff : A dry scalp which lacks essential oil can often produce dandruff which can be treated using this oil that maintains antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Thus one of the major health benefits of Juniper essential oil is its contribution to preventing dandruff and increasing keratin content.
Hair fall: Mix this oil with lavender extract and you’ll have a homemade conditioner. When applied will hydrate the hair follicles, supply essential fatty acids and improve the quality of your hair. It also promotes hair growth when applied with jojoba oil.
Beneficial in treating Rheumatic Afflictions
Rheumatism, Arthritis and Gout are major inflictions which arise due to toxic contamination and an unbalanced circulation of substance. Using Juniper essential oil you can treat such ailments because it behaves like a filter system which stimulates hydration and facilitates the discharge or excess sugars, toxins, fat cells from the blood.
To Prevent Hemorrhage: The oil of the Juniper herb is useful in contracting blood vessels thus effective in preventing hemorrhage.
Purification of the Blood: Known as a detoxifying agent, the oil due to its depurative properties completely purifies the blood from toxic substances like uric acid, heavy metals (Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury etc), hormones and insoluble fats which affect the functions within the blood. They may lead to clogs, ulcers or even tumors however Juniper oil ensures that the blood are regularly removed.
Regulating Sweat Glands : Sweat is another form of releasing salts, and harmful chemical compounds from the blood. Hence, when the sweat glands are under the working of a Sudorific, perspiration again ensures blood circulation is maintained, skin remains hydrated and the body feels lighter. Owing to sudorific properties of the oil it increases sweating in the body.
Menstrual Regulation : Women can use Juniper Oil since it maintains menses; basically periodic discharge of blood is kindled. The hormonal balance is maintained, fluids are withheld, and cramps are averted due to oils antispasmodic properties.
Beneficial in treating Muscular System
Spasms: It relieves the body from muscular paroxysm which is a seizure that can lead to paralysis. Since it filters the body from toxins, repairs and induces metabolic rates, it therefore is antispasmodic which heals cramps and joint contractions.
Sprain: Twisted your ankle? With its ability to not only lower fever due to analgesic properties, Juniper essential oil is useful because of its anti-inflammatory asset which relieves the muscles from sudden pain. Since it contains Vitamin A, it also triggers fast healing of the torn tissues.
Tonic : If you’re a health freak, then keeping fit using this oil which tones body muscles is one of its greatest health benefits. Thus by maintaining a steady blood flow, not only does it lower cholesterol levels but also helps to burn calories such that ATP energy can be provided within the system.
Beneficial for Digestive System
Gaseous Afflictions: Intestines can sometimes contain expansive gases which endanger an individual’s digestive systems and when pushed upward may prove to have fatal consequences. Juniper oil produces a cure for such ailments because of its carminative properties and filters the system from such toxic gases.
Managing Digestive Secretions: The gastric juice, bile juice, pancreatic juice etc are important secretions which facilitate digestion; hence their regulation is maintained by the oil. One of the chief benefits of Juniper Oil is its ability to neutralize acidity since it forms ulcers in the inner lining of the stomach.
Other Benefits of Juniper essential oil
Beneficial in reducing weight : Also it helps regulate metabolism and aids in weight loss owing to its diuretic properties. When used in dilute form juniper oil helps dissolve cellulite and improve circulation.
Psychological benefits : Juniper is useful in treating addiction. It has been found helpful for people who feel confused and develop feeling of worthlessness. Juniper essential oil also helps in treating other negative emotional feeling such as – feeling of being emotionally drained, feeling guiltily, fear, obsession, restlessness, etc.
Benefits to nervous system : Juniper essential oil is beneficial to body's nervous system. It helps in coping up with anxiety and nervous tension. It is also found useful in stress-related problems.
Diuretic Properties : It prevents dehydration, manages periodic bowel movements and regulates re-absorption where the urine expulsion is made frequent so as to completely eliminate toxins. It removes uric acid from the blood which is acrimonious in the system. Thus one of the major health benefits the oil is its ability to cure chronic renal failure.
Benefits owing to antiseptic properties : The oil has been used since ages for treating wounds in wars and also to treat women after childbirth to sustain injuries suffered during labor. It is also used in cleaning water in houses owing to its antiseptic properties.
Juniper essential oil blends well with: Bergamot, Geranium, Cypress, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavender, Orange, Lemongrass, Melissa, Rosemary, Benzoin oils
Precautions while using Juniper essential oil
Juniper oil though is non-toxic but can stimulate muscles in the uterine. Thus pregnant women and people with kidney problems should not use Juniper oil. Also it is wise to a patch test before you use it on skin as some are allergic to the oil.