Juniper berry essential oil Essential Oils for skincare

About Juniper Berry

INCI name
JUNIPERUS COMMUNIS FRUIT OIL
Essential oil name
Juniper berry essential oil
Origin
Bulgaria, France
Part used
Berries and branches
Scent
Woody, Sweet, Fresh, Crisp
Extraction method
Steam distillation
Production
500 kilos of berries required for 1L of essential oil*
*Faucon, M. Traité d’aromathérapie scientifique et médicale : fondements & aide à la prescription. (Sang de la terre, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Common juniper
Latin name
Juniperus communis
Botanical family
Cupressaceae
Plant detail
Junipers vary in size and shape from tall trees (20–40 m tall) to columnar or low spreading shrubs. They have needle-like and/or scale-like evergreen leaves. The female seed cones are very distinctive, looking like berries (4–27 mm long); they are mature generally after two years and have a blue/purple color in most species, but can be red-brown or orange in some species

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Known for its detoxifying, antioxidant and immune-boosting properties, Juniper Berry Essential Oil has been used for medicinal and spiritual purposes since ancient times.

Here’s all you need to know about the use of Juniper Berry Oil in aromatherapy.

Benefits of Juniper Berry Essential Oil

1. Lymphatic drainage

The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins from the body, but sometimes this process can get blocked along the way.

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Juniper Berry Essential Oil facilitates lymphatic drainage to fight against impurities”.

2. Improve digestion

Juniper Berry Oil can boost the production of digestive enzymes to improve the breakdown and absorption of proteins, fats and nutrients from foods.

3. Promote relaxation

Considered in folklore as a natural anxiety remedy, Juniper Berry Essential Oil is renowned for its positive effects on relaxation responses in the brain.

Dr Couic Marinier adds, “Juniper Berry Oil is also a non-negotiable treatment for muscular pain, as it relaxes these areas”.

4. Natural antiseptic

Juniper Berry Oil has antimicrobial properties, which provide strong and effective treatments to help kill bacteria and prevent infection.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil has even been shown to be effective against some bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

5. Powerful antioxidant

Along with Clove Oil, Juniper Berry Essential Oil is packed full of antioxidants. These compounds can help to defend and heal the body, whether it’s the skin or internal functions.

What is Juniper Berry Essential Oil used for ?

Purify

To leave your complexion deeply cleansed and your pores free from harmful impurities, look to Juniper Berry Oil for the ultimate epidermis purification.

In fact, Juniper Berry Oil is particularly good for acne-prone skin, along with Lavender Oil and Clary Sage Oil.

Heal

Detoxifying and full of antioxidants, Juniper Berry Essential Oil is a natural healer. It works to repair and strengthen the epidermis, allowing it to defend itself from impurities that can damage the skin and cause premature ageing.

Balance

Juniper Berry Oil helps to regulate hormones and improve skin conditions caused by hormonal imbalances, leaving the skin healthy and more even, as well as less reactive to external aggressors.

To further calm your skin, look to other Essential Oils such as Chamomile Oil and Rose Oil.

Where does Juniper Berry Essential Oil come from ?

Juniper is an evergreen shrub that belongs to the pine family and is native to the mountains in North America, Europe and Southwest Asia.

Both the branches and berries of the Juniper plant have been used for medicinal and spiritual purposes. However, the Essential Oil from the berries is of a far superior quality.

History of Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Greek origins

Juniper was commonly burned in spiritual ceremonies by the Ancient Greeks to combat epidemics.

Medicinal folklore

Juniper Berry Oil has been traditionally used in ancient medicine by various cultures. The Zuni Indians for example used it to assist in childbirth.

Ward off evil spirits

Juniper berries have been used since ancient times to expel negative forces and illnesses. They were believed to cleanse and purify the mind, body and spirit.

Facts about Juniper Berry Essential Oil

#1

The secret ingredient

Juniper berries are responsible for giving gin its distinctive flavour. In fact, the only difference between vodka and gin is the addition of juniper.

#2

The meaning of a dream

It was said that if you dreamed of gathering juniper berries in winter, you would be prosperous.

#3

An artistic source

Dr Couic Marinier explains, “Before 1917, Juniper Berries were principally used for the production of crayons”.Naturally heal and defend your skin, body and mind with Juniper Berry Essential Oil.