Juniper Berry Oil
OVERVIEW : Juniper Berry, famously known as the berry from which the alcoholic spirit Gin is obtained, is an essential oil well-known for its calming effects on nervous tension. Diffused into the air, it can be used as a natural purifier and is great to use during meditation. When applied diluted to the skin, Juniper Berry produces skin warmth which may help ease the discomfort of a strenuous workout. Diluted in carrier oil and rubbed on the legs, it can assist with feelings of congestion or tightness.
BENEFIT : Juniper oil can help calm the nerves, relieves anxiety, nervous tension and mental exhaustion. It is helpful when the prostate gland is enlarged and is used to help with the inability to pass urine, in cases of cystitis and kidney stones.
It is also helpful for cellulite and fluid retention. Juniper oil generally helps with the digestive system, particularly in cases of obesity, over-indulgence of food and premenstrual bloating.
For the liver, it has a tonic effect and helps regulate the menstrual cycle and eases painful period pains. It assists with the elimination of uric acid and therefore relieves pain in cases of gout, rheumatism and arthritis. Apart from this, juniper oil is also very effective for acne, eczema, oily skin, weeping eczema, psoriasis and dandruff and alleviates inflammation.
USES : Add 2 drops of Juniper Berry, two drops of cypress, and 2 drops of Roman chamomile in a carrier oil to apply to areas of soreness after a workout. If you spend long hours on your feet, a refreshing footbath with 1/2 cup Epsom salts, 1 teaspoon carrier oil, 15 drops juniper berry and 15 drops spearmint oils will feel amazing. Mix the essential oils into the carrier oil and stir; add to the Epsom salts and mix thoroughly into the water in the foot basin.