Juniper berry was one of the first aromatics used in ancient civilization, and has a colorful history of use. The ancient Greeks burned juniper branches to combat epidemics. The English burned it as well, and hoped its magical powers would repel evil spirits, witches, and demons. Ancient Egyptians anointed corpses with juniper oil, and used the berries in cosmetics and perfumes. Europeans regarded juniper oil as a miracle cure for typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and tapeworms. Many cultures today still value juniper’s many benefits. Tibetans still revere juniper and use it as a purification incense, while Native Americans burn it in their cleansing ceremonies. Holistic medicine also embraces juniper, and considers it a highly versatile and therapeutic oil.
Acne, arthritis, appetite regulator, anxiety, cellulite, colds and flu, detoxify, disinfectant, drowsiness, eczema, gout, hair loss, headaches, immune system, infections, mental exhaustion, menstrual problems, nervous tension, oily complexions, rheumatism, skin toner, stress-related conditions and wounds.
Essential Oil Applications:
For acne, eczema, oily complexions, and wounds, place enough oil on a cotton ball to make it wet, but do not soak it. Wipe directly on skin condition, using gentle movements.
To alleviate anxiety, drowsiness, mental exhaustion, nervous tension, and combat stress-related disorders, use 8-10 drops in bath water. Can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
For arthritis and rheumatism, add 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected areas.
As an appetite regulator, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or use as a steam inhalation.
For cellulite and detoxification, add 2-3 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected areas regularly. Can also use 8-10 drops in bath water.
To fight colds, flu, and infections, use 3-5 drops in a steam inhalation. Can also use 8-10 drops in bath water, or 3-5 in a diffuser.
To help prevent hair loss, mix 3-5 drops in unscented conditioner. Leave on hair for 3-5 minutes, rinse as normal. Use regularly.
For headaches, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in a bath. Can also use 2-3 drops in one ounce of carrier oil, and massage gently into temples. Increase benefit by adding lavender.
As a home disinfectant, use approx. 5 drops in a quart of water. Transfer to a spray bottle, and shake before using.
To boost the immune system, use 8-10 drops in bath water, or use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
To regulate period and to fight cramps, use 2-3 drops in one ounce of carrier oil and massage on lower abdomen.
Mixes Well With:
Dried, crushed, or slightly dried ripe fruit.
Avoid if pregnant. Do not use if diagnosed with kidney problems.
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