There are a variety of Juniper Berry essential oil benefits for your health and wellness. Some of these have been passed down throughout history.
In Europe Juniper was believed to have magic powers and was used to protect against evil spirits. It was used medicinally in ancient Europe for treating such conditions as respiratory problems, urinary infections, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, inflammation, to relieve exhaustion and to improve memory.
Juniper berry is used as the flavoring ingredient in gin. Juniper berry oil is also used as a flavoring in other beverage and food products. It has uses in other products such as laxatives, etc.
Juniper berry oil has GRAS designation. That means that it is Generally Regarded As Safe by the US FDA. This designation means that it is considered safe within certain limits for use in food and consumer products.
GRAS designation does not mean it is without risks when used improperly, however. Use all essential oils with caution and be sure to do your research.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil Benefits
Antiseptic– As is true of many essential oils, Juniper Berry essential oil has antimicrobial properties. This makes it effective for use to prevent wound infection as well as for cleaning and disinfecting your home.
For wounds, mix a few drops with a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to the wound.
For disinfection, you can add a few drops of oil to your natural cleaning products. The oil has a fresh scent similar to other oils such as pine or tea tree oil.
Juniper Berry essential oil can also be inhaled either by diffusing the oil into the air or directly from the bottle. It has been used to fight respiratory infections and colds by inhalation.
Natural Skin Cleanser– It has been used to cleanse and heal the skin. It is a popular natural treatment for acne and dandruff. It can also be used mixed with a carrier oil to treat rashes or eczema as a home remedy.
May Help Reduce Cellulite– Many people have heard that grapefruit essential oil can be used to help reduce cellulite. You can even buy over-the-counter cellulite creams that contain grapefruit. But did you know you can make a cellulite reducing massage oil at home using Grapefruit essential oil and Juniper Berry essential oil?
Mix 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil and 2 drops of Juniper essential oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage into the area.
High In Antioxidants– Juniper Berry essential oil is high in substances that act as antioxidants. This may be one reason that it is so helpful for skin and also has been shown to be effective against cancer cells in the lab. More human studies are needed before we can say that it can have the same effect in humans.
Relaxing And Can Help You Sleep– Another of Juniper Berry essential oil benefits is that it has been used for centuries to help with anxiety. It has a relaxing and calming effect and can help you relax so you can get to sleep.
You can diffuse it in the bedroom or place a few drops in a carrier oil and rub it on your wrist to help you relax.
Digestive Issues– Another traditional use of Juniper Berry oil is for heartburn and other digestive issues. A few drops can be mixed with a carrier oil and massaged over the stomach and abdominal area for relief.
Juniper Berry is another of the very few oils that can be taken internally. However, I do not recommend taking any essential oils internally without consulting a qualified medical professional or qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Taking an essential oil internally carries risks which may make it unsuitable for most people.
Natural Insect Repellent– Another use for Juniper Berry essential oil is in making an all natural insect repellent. You can mix it with a carrier oil and rub it on exposed skin, or you can make a natural bug spray using witch hazel, apple cider vinegar and essential oils and spray it on.
You want to be sure and avoid getting it into the eyes and mouth. But a natural bug repellent can keep you from being exposed to DEET, which can have adverse effects for some people.
Now you know some of the Juniper Berry essential oil benefits which you can use for your health and wellness homemade remedies.
You can purchase 100% pure Juniper Berry Essential Oil from our online store.
I am a firm believer in using natural substances when appropriate for keeping myself healthy. And I am also a firm believer in medical science when it is called for.
Please always use essential oils responsibly and do not use them in place of your health care provider.
If you have any questions about the use of essential oils please feel free to contact me or leave a comment. I am always happy to help.