An essential oil you may not have heard of is Juniper essential oil.  Yes, the Juniper you make gin with, but it is sooo much more!  The EO comes from the berries and needles of the evergreen Juniperus phoenicea which originated in Bulgaria and is a powerful detoxifier.  Juniper also cleans the blood, removing toxins such as uric acid, pollutants, and heavy metals.

 The oil contains polyphenols and flavonoids, both of which prevent c_a_n_c_e_r, protect the heart, are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. (1)  It has a sweet, woodsy smell – French hospitals burned juniper to disinfect the air in the wards.  It is also a natural remedy for sore throat.  According to Dr. Axe it is a natural remedy for urinary tract infections (7)

            In a study by Hoferl et al, showed that Juniper EO is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates the  activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx). (3)  SOD is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, prevents everything from lung disease to cataracts. (4)   Catalase protects the cells from the accumulation of peroxide. (5)  GPx has been linked to the prevention of c_a_n_c_e_r and heart disease. (6)

One study by Yvon, et al, found that Juniper along with Thyme, Bay Laurel, Tea Tree oil and Eucalyptus lowered high blood pressure, however the article did not say how the oils were administered.  Diffusion would be a great and safe method for absorption, while clearing the air of contaminants.  You could also apply the oil topically to the affected area. (2)

Juniper EO is great for heartburn and acid reflux, just directly apply it to your abdominal area or you could apply with some coconut oil.  (Always spot check on your wrist for sensitivity!)  Juniper also stimulates digestive enzymes, breaking down food much more easily and has been linked to weight loss.  Juniper has also been found to reduce bloating because it is considered a diuretic.  It has been known to reduce the appearance of cellulite. (8)

Because it is an astringent, Juniper EO helps cure toothache, stops hair loss, strengthens the grip of gums on your teeth, protects from tooth loss.  It will tighten loose muscles and improve firmness, fitness and youth (Think under chin!).  Juniper is antibacterial, so it is great for skin irritations such as rash or eczema and infections. (9)  It is also effective against acne.



Simply inhaling the aroma of Juniper is considered a natural anxiety remedy, as it has a soothing and calming effect on the brain.  It also makes an excellent sleep aid, one study showed.  In insomniacs who were taking medication, researchers found 26 of 29 patients were able to reduce their drug dosage when using the EO.  Twelve were able to eliminate meds completely.





At a glance:

GENERAL

  • strengthens
  • enlivens

SKIN CARE

  • neutralizes microbes
  • firms and contracts exposed tissue
  • reduces moisture loss
  • tones and restores venous circulation
  • promotes the healing of tissues
  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • assists in wound healing
  • encourages cell regeneration
  • detoxifies
  • purifies
  • Indicated for: acne, oily skin, eczema, psoriasis

HAIR CARE

  • supports follicular health
  • Indicated for: hair loss

IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • neutralizes microbes
  • increases local blood circulation
  • encourages sweating
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response
  • relieves muscular tension and aching joints
  • lessens headaches due to congestion

MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM

  • soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
  • diminishes swelling
  • relaxes cramping
  • detoxifies
  • purifies

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

  • settles digestion
  • increases absorption in the intestines
  • promotes normal peristalsis
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response
  • promotes urination
  • helps maintain kidney action
  • assists in cleansing and detoxifying the body
  • neutralizes parasites

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM

  • assists in the tissue cleaning action of the lymphatic system
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

  • increases sexual desire
  • enhances sexual performance
  • promotes and regulates menstruation

NERVOUS SYSTEM

  • strengthens the nervous system
  • helps alleviate stress and nervous tension
  • promotes sleep
  • calms the nervous system
  • uplifting
  • improves mood
  • stimulates the mind

  • Juniper has warming and stimulating yang energy. This makes is ideal for conditions associated with cold and damp. Juniper berry oil is considered a powerful tonic of the body. Its warming and invigorating effect benefits tiredness, poor circulation, cold hands and feet and lower backache.

  • Juniper has been used for centuries for spiritual purification and may elevate one's spiritual awareness. It can also be used to drive out negative influences. It is recommended for individuals who, feeling burdened and aloof, are deeply absorbed in their own thoughts – thoughts that revolve around worries, pressures and unpleasant memories.
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