Latin name: Juniperus communis
Country of origin: Bosnia
Part of the plant: Berries only (dried/partially dried)
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Alpha-pinene, sabinene, limonene
Properties: Antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, stimulant.
Physical uses: Poor circulation, infections, colds, flu, stiff joints, fatigue, immune support, lymphatic support.
Skin care uses: Blemishes, oily skin, minor skin infections, clogged pores, astringent.
Psychological uses: Anxiety, mild depression, mental fog.
Subtle uses: Clears energy blocks and negativity. Strengthens will power and promotes confidence.
Notes: Use Juniper Berry in a 1-5% dilution. It can have a diuretic effect, so it is not recommended for someone who has kidney disease or infection. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Which One to Choose – Juniper Berry or Juniperberry?
Similarities: Both Junipers have a clear sharp, fresh, woody aroma. They can be used interchangeably since they are both stimulating, good for lymphatic and immune support and effective air disinfectants.
Differences: Juniper Berry is slightly drier and sharper. Juniperberry has a sweeter and softer aroma.
Methods of Use
Bath: Mix 4-8 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. (You can also add the essential oil to 1/2 cup of whole milk or heavy cream.) Set aside. If you have muscle aches, add 1-2 cups Epsom or Dead sea salts. Fill the tub with warm water and immerse yourself. Add the essential oil mixture and swirl the water around you. Massage your skin and breathe in the aroma. Remain in the tub for 10-15 minutes.
Bath, Foot: Mix 2 drops of essential oil in 1/2 teaspoon of carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil. Set aside. Fill a tub (deep enough to cover your feet and ankles) with warm water. Add the essential oil mixture, stir well, and immerse your feet for 10-15 minutes. Breathe in the aroma and massage your feet.
Chest Rub: Mix 8 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion. Apply to upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring, and apply 3 more times.
Inhalation: Put 2 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage: Mix 6 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)