For a long period of time, juniper has been used as a natural remedy for different health problems. In medieval times, it was used against witches and in France, approximately around the same period; juniper and rosemary were burned in hospitals to aid the patients’ recovery from infections.
Nowadays, juniper is commonly added to cleansing household products, aromatherapy treatments, and different fragrances. This being said, with its 87 healing compounds, Juniper essential oil should definitely be a part of your medicine cabinet.
The Healing Properties of Juniper Essential Oil
This essential oil is rich in antifungal, antiseptic, astringent, and antibacterial characteristics which make it a great natural remedy against throat and respiratory infections, sore muscles, insomnia, arthritis, and skin sensitivities.
Juniper berries have antibacterial characteristics that are great in treating kidney, bladder, and urinary tract infections. When combined with dandelion, oregano, or clove oil and taken orally, it can be even more potent than conventional antibiotics.
Protects and heals damaged skin
When mixed with carrier oil, juniper essential oil is able to fight off acne and skin irritations, as well as stretch marks and spots. If you add several drops of this oil to your body soap, you can successfully lower acne and spots on the body, especially those on the back.
Betters the digestion
Juniper oil is able to trigger digestive enzymes which ease the breakdown of foods and grease while also improving the absorption of essential nutrients.
Relaxes and induces sleep
The aroma of juniper is a sweet woody one and it encourages complete relaxation and sleepiness. You can use it by massaging it onto the back of the neck, chest, and torso. It will contribute to less anxiety and restlessness.
Keeps insects at bay
To avoid the exposure to harmful chemicals present in store-bought insect repellents, you should use juniper essential oil instead. Its smell is known to repel insects. Mix several drops with carrier oil and rub it onto the skin or diffuse it throughout your home.
Important to note:
- If you are taking the oil while pregnant or breastfeeding, make sure you consult your physician
- Limit the therapy to 4 weeks tops because high levels of juniper can have a negative effect on the kidneys and liver