Did you know that people in the middle ages believed that juniper could ward off the plague? Turns out they werenít far off: Juniper has antibacterial properties. It also offers a relaxing and lively antidote to negativity, and once upon a time, men carried the berries to increase potency. Perhaps that is why the berries were added to gin–so the drinker would feel more potent, positive, and relaxed! And today, many modern spas have discovered how effective juniper oil is against cellulite.
Among many herbalists and healers, juniper is considered one of the most beneficial substances–in the form of essential oil, but also as a dried leaf to burn as a purifying and uplifting incense. Find out some of the great things juniper can do for you:
JUNIPER ESSENTIAL OIL USES
First, a caution: Juniper essential oil is not indicated for use by pregnant women. And while the flavor of juniper berries in gin does no harm, we do not recommend ingesting any other part of the juniper. And please be sure to use all-natural essential oil of juniper, not a synthetic.
Because juniper promotes circulation and the dissolving of fat, it can be used to effectively treat cellulite.
Mix 20 to 30 drops of juniper essential oil with 4 ounces of carrier oil (olive oil works just fine) and use to massage areas of the body where cellulite is an issue.
For Acne and Oily Skin
Juniperís antibacterial properties are helpful in treating acne, and its astringency helps with oily skin conditions. Combine 10 drops essential oil of juniper with 1 ounce of jojoba oil and apply to face, then wash with cleanser and rinse with warm water.
To Treat Dandruff or to Promote Hair Growth
Use the same mixture as above–10 drops juniper oil to 1 ounce jojoba oil–and apply to scalp to promote hair growth and to eradicate dandruff. Allow to remain on scalp for 15 minutes to half an hour, then shampoo as usual.
Add 10 to 20 drops of juniper oil to a warm bath and soak your anxieties away.
DRIED JUNIPER NEEDLE USES
If youíre lucky enough to have a juniper bush or tree growing nearby, you can harvest the branches downed by wind or storms and dry them to use in various ways.
Relaxing, Uplifting, and Purifying Incense
Burn dried juniper needles to cleanse your home of negativity and to promote feelings of relaxation, wellbeing, and positivity.
Juniper Room Blessing
Place a sprig of juniper over the door in your meditation or exercise room as an aid to your activities.
Inspired by The Essential Oils Book, by Colleen K. Dodt (Storey Books, 1996).