Juniper Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Juniper Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Juniperus communis

Oil Overview

Juniper essential oil has a slightly woody aroma and is a pale oil. It has a watery viscosity.

Oil Sources

Juniper originated in Tibet and is grown throughout Europe. Juniper oil is extracted from dried, crushed or slightly dried ripe fruit by steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, y-terpinene, 1,4-cineole, b-phellandrene, p-cymene, terpinen-4-ol, bornyl acetate, cayophyllene and trace amounts of limonene, camphor, linalool, linalyl acetate, borneol and nerol.

Aroma

Woodsy

Therapeutic Properties:

Anti-rheumatic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Carminative, Depurative, Diuretic, Rubefacient, Stimulant, Stomachic, Sudorific, Tonic, Vulnerary

Possible Uses

Arthritis, Cellulite, Digestion, Eczema, Gout, Menstrual Pain, Nervous Exhaustion, Nervous Tension, Nervousness, Obesity, Psoriasis, Rashes, Rheumatism, Water Retention

Warnings

Kidney Irritant, Pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

It is considered non-toxic but since it can stimulate the uterine muscle it should not be used during pregnancy.
It should not be used by people with kidney problems.
It is non-sensitizing, but some people do have a reaction to it.
It is generally wise to us this oil in moderation.

Compatible Combination Oils

Bergamot, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Marjoram, Rosemary, Sandalwood

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