The juniper berry essential oil (Juniperus Communis) is obtained through steam distillation of pre-mashed fresh or dry pine-berries of the second year (blue) of juniper ordinary – Juniperus communis L. (family cypress – Cupressaceae). Less often, essential oil is obtained from needles and wood.

Distribution of the plantjuniper berry

It grows mainly in the northern hemisphere (Europe, Siberia, the Caucasus, the Himalayas, North America). Widely cultivated as a decorative and essential oil plant.

 Juniper berry properties

Movable, colorless or yellowish-green liquid with fresh wood-balsamic odor and slightly burning bitter taste. When stored, the oil changes the odor and becomes more viscous due to the polymerization of the myrcene.

The main components of the juniper berry oil

α-, β-pinene, α-thuene, camphene, sabinene, myrcene, felllanden, terpinene, cymene, limonene, terpinolene, terpinene-4-ol, α-terpineol, bornylacetate, α-cubeben, α-copene, element, β -caryophyllene, α-humulen, bicyclogermacrene, cadinene, germacren D, germacrene B, T-cadinol, α-cadinol. In the oil, 174 components were found, of which monoterpene hydrocarbons predominate.

Juniper berry oil benefits

Tonic, general stimulating, bactericidal, antiseptic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, detoxifying, diuretic, choleretic, diaphoretic, locally irritating, wound-healing, insecticidal.

The most remarkable healing quality of juniper oil is its diuretic, anti-edematous and antitoxic effect. Possessing a pronounced diuretic effect, as well as enhancing lymph and blood flow, it helps to remove excess fluid from tissues and cleanse the body of toxins and toxins, especially when drinking alcohol and fatty foods. Eliminates hangover syndrome. Normalizes the biochemical parameters and the blood formula.

Promotes the splitting and excretion of uric acid from the body, prevents the formation and deposition of kidney stones. Withdrawing toxins from the body and eliminating edemas, oil increases the elasticity of the cartilaginous tissue, facilitates pain with difficulty and stiffness of movements in the joints. Helps with gout, arthritis, sciatica, atherosclerosis and rheumatism.

Promotes the release of urine with an enlarged prostate gland. It is an effective antiseptic for the genito-urinary tract. Has anti-inflammatory effect on the organs of urination and reproduction of both men and women. Normalizes the menstrual cycle, volume and regularity of menstruation. Stimulates sexual activity (aphrodisiac).

In addition, cleaning the walls of blood vessels from atherosclerotic plaques, it helps to increase their elasticity and normalize blood pressure. Helps to quickly get out of hypotonic faintness: eliminates dizziness, darkening in the eyes, nausea and weakness associated with lowering blood pressure. Treatment of hemorrhoids with a fat solution of juniper oil eliminates itching, inflammation and bleeding.

Juniper berry essential oil has an emollient, expectorant and anti-inflammatory effect on the respiratory system.

In addition, it has a beneficial effect on the digestive system: it stimulates the secretory activity of the digestive glands, normalizes appetite, optimizes digestion, eliminates flatulence, exerts a regenerating effect on the mucous membranes, prevents weight gain, tonic for the liver, and improves the condition of patients with cirrhosis.

The oil on the body has an overall stimulating effect, helping to overcome lethargy and drowsiness, resulting from congestion slag. It also has a strong influence on the psycho-emotional state of a person. Its use in aroma lamps, baths and massages quickly and effectively tones the nervous system, increases vital activity, eliminates stressful reactions and destructive emotions, eliminates irritability and “jaundice”, restores mental balance.

Helps with obsessive fears, apathy, insomnia. Increases the concentration, creative and business qualities of the individual. Clarifies the mind, helps to maintain the strength of mind in difficult situations and find the right way out of them. Creates an ideal atmosphere for centering and meditative exercises.

Juniper oil is a good cosmetic product, which is suitable for skin care of any type. Oil increases the elasticity of the skin, eliminates its flabbiness, lethargy, unclean color and tired appearance. It serves as a tonic for oily skin, cleanses pores, relieves acne.

The brightest cosmetic quality of juniper oil is its ability to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and inhibit the growth of scar and atypical tissue. It eliminates inflammatory processes in the skin and promotes its rapid regeneration with ulcers and wounds, preventing the formation of scars.

Oil helps to eliminate infiltrates, acne, cellulite, striae, eczematous and allergic dermatitis. Hair gives shine, makes them stronger, eliminates dandruff.

Thanks to the disinfecting properties, juniper oil cleans and refreshes the air, and therefore it has been used for a long time to prevent infections during epidemics.
Oil has a harmful effect on fleas and ticks.

Juniper berry oil uses

Arthritis, arthrosis, osteochondrosis, lumbago, bruises, sprains, edema of various origin (cardiac, renal), rheumatism, gout, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, acute respiratory disease, influenza, diabetes, atherosclerosis, impotence, urinary tract and gall bladder infection, urolithic disease, dermatoses, dandruff eczema, psoriasis, long-lasting ulcers, prevention of exposure to harmful chemical factors and small radiation effects, hemorrhoids.

Juniper oil is used as an effective restorative. It is used for chronic inflammatory processes of the female and male genitourinary system (chronic inflammations in the uterus, prostatitis, urethritis). Baths with the addition of juniper oil normalize menstruation and are indicated in amenorrhea. Inhalations with juniper oil effectively relieve inflammation in the lungs and bronchi and are indicated for colds and flu.

Essential oil helps reduce blood sugar in diabetes mellitus and reduce body weight for obesity. Oil eliminates pain and inflammation in arthritis, rheumatism, neuritis and neuralgia. Enriched with juniper oil, massage mixtures are effective for cellulite.

Juniper oil is used as an effective cosmetic for the care of oily and normal skin, and also as a means of intimate hygiene, which normalizes the acid-base reaction and bacterial harmony of the genital organs.

Enriched with juniper oil, creams, tonics, rinses, masks, compresses are recommended for oily and inflamed skin, open pores, acne, long-term non-healing ulcers and wounds, infiltrates, varicose veins, eczema, psoriasis and other dermatitis and dermatoses. Rinsing the head after washing with the addition of essential oil relieves dandruff.
Juniper oil repels mites and fleas and is used to disinsect homes and pets.

Juniper berry oil recipes

  • For the massage 4-6 drops per 10 ml of the base vegetable oil.
    In the aroma lamp – 4-5 drops.
  • For inhalations – 2-3 drops, the duration of the procedure is 4-7 minutes.
    To enrich the creams and tonics – 5 drops per 10 ml of the base.
  • For compresses – 5-7 drops per 1 glass of water.
  • As an insecticide – 5 drops of oil per 10 ml of base vegetable oil.
  • For the treatment of hemorrhoids – 5 drops per 10 ml of basic vegetable oil.
  • For bathtubs – 3-6 drops of oil, pre-mixed with an emulsifier (1 / 4-1 / 3 cup of milk, cream, sea salt solution or common salt).

Other applications

Juniper essential is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry and veterinary medicine for the manufacture of diuretics and laxatives. In perfumes and cosmetics is used as a perfume. It is used in the food industry, as well as in the production of alcoholic beverages.

Shishkoyagody is used for medicinal purposes, as well as as a flavoring agent for spirits (especially gin) and spicy additives for salting fish and smoked products

Juniper berry essential oil blends with following oils

Juniper berry oil blends with oils of orange, bergamot, vetiver, geranium, grapefruit, cedar, cypress, lavender, incense, lime, lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, santalum, pine, sage, alemi.
Complementary flavor – orange, lemon, lavender.

Side effects of juniper berry oil

Check the fragrance for individual tolerability. Do not use in pregnancy and acute kidney disease (pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis). Contraindicated in children under 3 years. Use with caution in hypertensive disease. It is undesirable to use more than two or three weeks in a row. Do not exceed the dosage when used.

Storage conditions

Essential oils are stored in tightly sealed vials of dark glass at room temperature in a place inaccessible to children. Avoid direct sunlight.