Juniper Essential Oil was used traditionally for centuries for kidney and bladder support and skin care. It is a natural cleanser and detoxifier; and supportive to the urinary system.
It is steam distilled from the aerial parts including the juniper berries and twigs. There are over 50 species of Juniper grown throughout the world so it can be a bit confusing when choosing a juniper oil to work with!
The essential oil that I am most familiar with and personally use contains two different species: Juniperus osteosperma (Utah Juniper) and Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper). They mainly grow in Southwestern United States although the one I use the species are both grown in Utah.
Most of us associate juniper with our favorite distilled gin, since it is what gives gin its flavor!
My favorite blends that contain juniper essential oil are Di-Gize (digestion and stomach), Into the Future and Ortho Ease (massage blend for muscles). They are fantastic oils and I use them every day at home and at the barn for the horses. The horses love the oils!
I designed this section so you could use it as a fun and easy reference guide. It will tell you how to use your oil and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun tips, testimonials and oil trivia!
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What is the Genus Species? Juniperus osteosperma (Utah Juniper) and Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain Juniper).
Why is this information important? There are several species as indicated in the introduction. So, it is always best to purchase your essential oil by common name and genus species so you know exactly what you are getting!
Where is the name derived from? Juniper is derived from the Latin word "juniores" meaning "young berries".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Aerial Parts
What is the ORAC Value? 250 µTE/100g
What Does this Number Mean? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that juniper berries have been found at prehistoric sites in the Swiss Lakes? Yes, juniper was definitely one of the first plants used by mankind!
What are the Plant Properties? Antispasmodic, cleanser, detoxifier, and tonic.
What are the Documented Benefits and Uses of Juniper? Natural cleanser and detoxifier; and supportive to the urinary system.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its sweet and musky aroma is elevating and creates a feeling of peace.
What is the Spiritual Influence? This oil helps us release thoughts of suppression, insecurity and anger. These negative thoughts hold us back from aligning with our spirit and developing a deeper divine consciousness.
When our chakras align with the divine, we also align and connect with our soul group. This creates protection and security at a very deep level for our soul. And allows us to move forward with a feeling of support and love from source.
What Chakra is Affected? The root, solar plexus, third eye and crown chakras align and expand.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Violet
How do I use it?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this oil be used for Pets? Yes, Have your animals smell it directly from the bottle or place a drop or two in your palm, then smell. Or place a drop in your palm and pet head to toe.
I only recommend using Young Living Oils on animals at this time.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Pine and citrus products and oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for healing results.
Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, Juniper essential oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities, so please choose your oil wisely!
Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc.
Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
It is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that the French call Juniper Genievre? This is derived from a Celtic word "gen" meaning "small bush" and "brus" meaning "hot and bitter"!
Did you know that during the Medieval Times, bundles of Juniper were hung over doors to ward off witches?
Did you know that Juniper trees protect the entrance to the Other Worlds, home of the Elves and Fairies? It is also said that juniper oil attracts more Fairies into your life!
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