Juniper berry essential oil (buy it here) is made from the berries of juniper bushes, just like the common juniper bushes (Juniperus communis) that are used in landscaping everywhere. You may have one of these evergreen shrubs growing in your very own front yard. There is juniper oil that is distilled from the needles and twigs as well as the berries, but essential oil made from the berries is preferable.
It has so many wonderful health benefits. This oil has astringent, antibacterial, antiseptic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, antifungal, diuretic, tonic, depurative, carminative, sudorific, vulnerary, rubefacient, stomachic and stimulating properties. On top of all that, it has a great, woody-pine fragrance that smells amazing.
1. Improve Digestion
Enjoy a 30- to 60-minute juniper berry essential oil aromatherapy session to improve digestion. Simply place 2 to 3 drops of the oil in your diffuser along with about 1 cup of distilled water, depending on the size of your diffuser. The oil’s antispasmodic, stomachic and tonic properties work wonders on the digestive tract.
It will soothe spasms in the intestine, increase the production of gastric juices and help the body eliminate toxins and waste. It can even facilitate healing of stomach ulcers. You can take 1 drop of juniper berry oil in water once a day to improve digestion; however, make sure you have pure, high quality juniper berry oil that is formulated for ingestion.
*Do not use juniper berry essential oil while pregnant, breastfeeding or on young children.*
2. Get Relief from Constipation
Mix 1 to 3 drops of juniper berry EO into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage it into your abdomen and lower back to get your bowels moving properly. You can use any type of carrier oil. Coconut oil is very nice for massage, although other oils like jojoba, argan, sweet almond or avocado work quite well, too. Carrier oils can also be mixed, if you like. Don’t be afraid to experiment. My favorite is 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of argan oil. Aromatherapy can also help relieve constipation. Be sure to drink plenty of water, too.
3. Reduce and Heal Hemorrhoids
Massage the 1% to 3% juniper oil/carrier oil blend into your lower back and the area immediately behind the anus to help reduce and heal hemorrhoids. Don’t put any in the rectum, though. You want to be careful to avoid any area where the essential oil could get on sensitive mucous membranes. It will irritate them and interfere with their ability to lubricate properly. The last thing you need is unusual dryness when you have hemorrhoids.
*Do not get essential oil in your nose, where it will come in contact withsensitive mucous membranes, or in your eyes.*
4. Alleviate Excess Water Weight
Practice juniper berry essential oil aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes several times a day to get rid of excess water weight or edema. This works for water weight gain from PMS, too. Water retention is uncomfortable but it is also unhealthy. It puts undue strain on your body when fluids don’t get distributed properly or eliminated when necessary to expel toxins.
Juniper berry essential oil is sudorific, which means it makes your body sweat out the excess fluids along with the toxins. It is also diuretic, which means it helps the body eliminate water through the urinary tract. You can also massage the 1% to 3% blend into your ankles, legs, backside and abdomen to facilitate the secretion of excess water. Rubbing it on your skin will give you the added benefit of firming and toning your skin as you expel the fluids, thanks to its astringent properties.
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5. Improve Urinary Tract Health
Massage the 1% to 3% juniper berry oil/carrier oil blend into your lower abdominal area around the bladder and on your lower back from just above your waist down to improve urinary tract health. It can even help you fight urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Its diuretic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are wonderful for this. You can use it two or three times a day for a week or two.
*If your urine begins to smell like violets, you are using too much juniper berry oil.This is especially true if you take it orally. If this happens,stop using it for at least a week or two.*
6. Detoxify the Body
Practice juniper berry oil aromatherapy or massage the 1% to 3% blend into your skin to detoxify your body. Its depurative properties clean toxins like pollutants, heavy metals and uric acid from the blood naturally. Do an abdominal massage, beginning in the upper right area around the liver and working your way all the way down. It will stimulate the liver along with the digestive tract to facilitate fast elimination of the toxins. You can take juniper berry oil internally for this purpose, too, but only 1 to 2 drops a day and for no more than four weeks. It can strain the kidneys and liver if it is used for too long.
*Do not use juniper berry essential oil if you have kidney or liver health issues.*
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7. Treat Arthritis
Massage sore, arthritic joints with a 1% to 3% juniper berry/carrier oil blend to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. It is very soothing and works quite quickly. You can use a stronger blend, even as much as 10% to 25% juniper berry oil/90 to 75% carrier oil, but only for brief periods of time. Start with the lighter blend and gradually make it stronger but stop as soon as you get relief. You don’t want to use more essential oil than you need to. Juniper berry oil aromatherapy helps with arthritis as well.