Name: Juniper berry, Juniperus communis
Manufacturer: Holisticshop.co.uk - Professional quality oils
Size: 10 ml
Concentration: 100% concentrated and pure
Strengthens and replenishes the spirit, clears negative energy, purifies and rejuvenates the whole body and restores peace.
About Juniperberry Essential Oil: Juniper can restore your optimism by clearing your mind, supporting your emotions, uplifting you from depression, improving your sleep habits and drawing love towards you. The ideal ally in your meditation, juniper also detoxifies and supports all bodily systems making it ideal to help you recover from any type of illness and restore you to vibrant health.
Description of Aroma: Hot, powerful and balsamic, this refreshingly clear, fruity green fragrance is typically like gin, slightly reminiscent of turpentine, and gives a characteristic smoky note to your blends.
Ruling Planet: Several sources state this to be the Sun, although others claim Mars or Jupiter.
Properties Beneficial To The Mind, Emotions And Spirit: The aromatic influences of juniper evoke health, peace and love. Psychologically this oil will uplift, support and strengthen your spirit in times of stress, fear, anxiety, low energy, weakness and when in challenging situations. Juniper has the ability to replenish tired spirits. It is, unusually, both stimulating and relaxing. It clears, stimulates and strengthens the nerves, and yet its sedative effect will help you if you are having difficulty sleeping due to worry.
It is particularly beneficial for people in any type of helping profession, especially when engaged in energy work, as it clears negative energy from people and spaces, while cleansing and purifying the atmosphere of a room. It also helps if you are in contact with emotionally draining people and left feeling depleted or confused. Highly recommended before and during meditation and centering practices, trust this powerful oil to draw loving energy to you and to help unclutter your mind. It is also believed to fortify the memory.
Of Interest: Early civilizations burnt juniper as incense to ward off evil spirits, and to serve as a powerful disinfectant during times plagued with epidemic diseases. Indeed, as well as having a long history of use for medicinal and religious purposes by Tibetans, it guarded against the plague in Tibet. In the past it has had a major medicinal role in the treatment of contagious diseases such as typhoid, dysentery and cholera. The Greek, Roman and Arabian medics valued its antiseptic properties most highly, and in Mongolia it was used at the onset of child labour. In Celtic, juniperus means acrid or biting, and in the 15th and 16th centuries herbalists had high regard for its curative powers on bites, as well as the plague.
Juniper is mentioned in the Bible, when the exhausted Elijah slept under a juniper tree. In Yugoslavia it was considered a cure-all in their traditional folk medicine, and was even thought to eliminate diabetes. French hospital staff would burn twigs of juniper and rosemary to clear and purify the air. In fact it has been proven to be highly effective against the bacteria causing staphylococcus, diphtheria bacillus, meningococcus, amongst others. The oil is also used in veterinary medicine. Cade oil, used to treat toothache and dermatitis, is extracted from mature juniper trees, and Oil of Haarlem, a kidney, liver and bladder remedy dating back over 300 years, is also obtained from juniper, although some of the other ingredients remain a secret.
The smallest of the highly populated coniferae family, the juniper tree grows boldly in inhospitable areas, even thriving in arctic conditions. During Christmas celebrations in Germany, the juniper represents the Tree of Life. Juniper berries are probably best known as one of the main ingredients in gin, which takes its name from the French name for the juniper tree, Genievre, or Genevrier. The berries, which are also used to make juniper wine, are reputed to yield the best quality oil, although other parts of the plant are used. The berries turn from blue to black, and are considered ripe after two years.
Juniper essence dissolves iodine, preventing it from turning the skin yellow. And according to Dr. Jean Valnet, (The Practice of Aromatherapy) "The [juniper] berries used in cooking (sauerkraut) should be eaten. Only the snobbish leave them on the side of the plate."
Properties Beneficial to the Physical Body: An ideal oil for convalescents as it detoxifies the body and stimulates the appetite - hence gin as an aperitif. Poor elimination is the root cause of many ailments, including rheumatism, arthritis and gout, and juniper effectively promotes the elimination of waste products and toxins, such as uric acid. Feeling constantly drowsy or sleepy is an indication of waste overload, and juniper may help deal with this.
Juniper is warming, stimulating and settling to the digestive system - especially useful if you've eaten to much rich food and alcohol - and it has a tonic, diuretic and strong antiseptic effect within the urinary tract. This oil may be useful in relieving stiff limbs, paralysis and swelling, and is claimed to eliminate bad breath, possibly due to its detoxifying and purifying effect on the digestive system. It can be used to aid fasting.
An ideal tonic for oily and congested skins and oily hair, juniper may alleviate dermatitis, acne, eczema and ulcers.
Juniperberry Oil Blending Suggestions: Try blending juniper with any of the following: Benzoin, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, orange and lemongrass.
Alternative Suggestions For Use: The perfect oil to diffuse while meditating, juniper also makes a wonderfully refreshing bath oil. Try it as a natural alternative household disinfectant in your washing water and spray bottles. It is also an effective repellent for disease-carrying insects, and helps in the removal and prevention of animal fleas and tics.
Essential Safety Precautions: Avoid this oil with advanced cases of kidney disease or bladder infections, as prolonged use may over-stimulate the kidneys. Do not use during pregnancy, as it stimulates menstruation. Also do not apply it for any inflammatory conditions.
Do not use essential oils undiluted or take internally without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information contained here is for general interest and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
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Originally the Holisticshop range of essential oils went under the name of Windflowers. This company was founded by a qualified aromatherapist, selling high quality oils to shops and aromatherapists throughout UK and the world. In 2003 the opportunity came up for Holisticshop to buy Windflowers, which we did. This acquisition has meant that since this time Holisticshop customers have been able to buy high quality oils at the price professional aromatherapists would expect to pay.
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