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Properties of juniper essential oil

The properties of the essential oil of juniper are explained by the presence of active compounds originally present in the berries of Juniperus communis .

The properties of the essential oil of juniper are explained by the presence of active compounds originally present in the berries of Juniperus communis .

For health

Diuretic, water regulator
The richness of alpha-pinene and terpinen-4-ol oil facilitates the drainage of the urinary and biliary tract, as well as the excretion of water.

Antirheumatic

The essential oil of juniper contains a large amount of monoterpenes (myrcene, sabinene, pinenes, widdrene) able to fight against rheumatic pains and neuralgia such as sciatica.

Other properties:

  • Kidney cleanser
  • analgesic
  • Brain tonic
  • Anti-fatigue

For the well-being

A tonic and general stimulant

Thanks to its wealth of monoterpenes, the essential oil of juniper is a tonic and general stimulant of the body. This property is explained by the stimulation of the adrenal cortex.

Indications of juniper essential oil
Juniper oil has many indications thanks to the many properties described above.

For health

Muscle and joint pain
The analgesic properties of the oil make it suitable for people with pain of various origins: body aches, arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatism.

Renal and urinary disorders
The essential oil of juniper is a renal cleanser and can therefore be indicated to treat kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

Digestive cures
The depurative properties of the oil make it also used as a cure in case of intoxication and digestive disorders.

Immune deficits
It also has anti-fatigue properties that make it useful in case of fatigue or viral or bacterial infection (chickenpox, scarlet fever, measles, whooping cough, etc.).

Some skin problems
Since juniper oil is draining, it can be used to treat various skin disorders: acne, various dermatoses and dermatitis (skin inflammation), skin infections (furuncle, impetigo, mycosis, shingles, paronychia), skin fat, dull skin and tired, bruised feet, etc.

For the well-being
Insomnia, anxieties
In diffusion, thanks to a diffuser of essential oil, the oil can help to find the sleep and the appeasement thanks to its relaxing and sedative properties.

Other indications:

  • Anxiety and anxiety
  • Psychic shock (mourning ...)
  • Latent depression: in olfaction
  • Physical and psychic fatigue
  • Changing moods (cyclothymia)
  • Nervousness and inner agitation
  • Stress     

Uses of juniper essential oil
    The essential oil of juniper can be used in very different ways for a wide spectrum of diseases and symptoms. Nevertheless, in case of doubt, it is recommended to contact a professional to collect personalized and secure information, adapted to your medical situation, your profile and your age.

Cutaneous application, massage
For all skin problems, dilute 1 drop of essential oil with at least 4 drops of a vegetable oil, then apply and massage the affected area.


  • For pain  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage the affected area.
  • Aches  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage the affected part.
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage the affected part.
  • Rheumatism  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage the affected part.

  • To stimulate the immune system  : dilute with a vegetable oil and massage the back and soles of the feet.
  • For fatigue  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage along the spine.
  • In case of infections  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage the back and soles of the feet.
  • For kidney disorders  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage the back (in the kidneys).



  • Feet (tired, bruised, etc.)  : in feet bath.
  • For skin disorders  : dilute with vegetable oil and apply to affected parties.
  • Skin dull, mature, oily  : dilute with vegetable oil or cream



  • Renal lithiasis  : dilute with vegetable oil, massage the back (in the kidneys)
  • Urinary tract infections  : dilute with vegetable oil and massage the back (in the kidneys)

Oral way

The oral route must be done exclusively on the advice of a therapist: Juniper essential oil has a nephrotoxicity in case of overdose and prolonged use.


  1. Digestive disorders  : internally by consulting a therapist beforehand.
  2. Intoxication  : internally by consulting a therapist beforehand.
Inhalation

The essential oil of juniper can be used in olfaction with caution and bath (5 drops mixed with soap).


  • Anxiety and anxiety  : in bath (5 drops mixed with soap).
  • Physical and psychic fatigue  : bath (5 drops mixed with soap).
  • Stress  : bathing (5 drops mixed with soap).

Diffusion
Juniper essential oil is a diffusion-compatible oil provided it is diluted to 20% in other essential oils. To fight against infections and promote well-being (anxiety, anxiety, depression, fatigue ...), choose one of the following methods of dissemination:


  • Diffusion by nebulization . These diffusers, which propel the essential oil by a pump, are the most effective, but their price is generally high and they can be more or less noisy.
  • Ultrasonic diffusion (misting) . Less powerful, these diffusers remain effective to benefit from the effects of the essential oil in closed rooms.
  • Diffusion by gentle heat . Pour a few drops of essential oil into the small receptacle of these diffusers. Under the effect of heat, volatile aromatic particles will mingle with the atmosphere. To use ideally in a small closed room.

Precautions for juniper essential oil

The essential oil of juniper is to be avoided in pregnant and lactating women as well as in children under 3 years.
Juniper must be diluted in a vegetable oil, and in a large proportion, to avoid skin irritation.
Internal use should be done exclusively on the advice of a therapist.

People with kidney disease should only use it on the advice of a therapist.
Juniper can be used in a salty culinary preparation respecting the dosage (1 to 2 drops) and the method of use (integrated after cooking).

Note : There are many varieties (and subspecies) of juniper depending on whether the essential oil comes from berries or twigs, but also by country of origin: the Balkans (mainly) for Juniperus communis var. erecta (Common juniper erect), Corsica for Juniperus communis var. alpina (Mountain juniper), the United States for Juniperus virginia (Virginia juniper, also known as red cedar or Virginia cedar). In this file, it is the essential oil of common juniper erected, resulting from berries, which is studied (Juniperus communis var erecta).

Caution:  The properties and indications mentioned in this sheet are based on a research kit that presents a traditional use of the essential oil, recognized by experts in aromatherapy.

Nevertheless, it is still recommended for the use of essential oils to go to an aromatherapy professional to collect personalized and secure information, adapted to your medical situation, your profile and your age.

Choosing a good juniper essential oil

To choose a good juniper essential oil, you must have in mind its optimal biochemical composition, its physical and organoleptic characteristics as well as some notions on its geographical exploitation.


  • Common Name: Common Juniper erect
  • Latin name : Juniperus communis
  • Botanical Family: Cupressaceae
  • Distilled part: Berries
  • Origin (country where the essential oil is grown) : Balkans

Biochemical composition
The biochemical composition is likely to evolve depending on the production conditions and the quality of the oil. Nevertheless, we can rely on this composition to evaluate the quality of an oil:


  • Main chemical compound: Monoterpenes (75 to 90%) (Pinene, Sabinene, Terpinene)
  • Other chemical compounds : Sesquiterpenes (10 to 15%) (myrcene), Monoterpenols (3 to 10%), Esters (2 to 5%), traces: Oxides, Aldehydes, Ketones
Physical characteristics
A good Juniper essential oil must have the following physical characteristics:


  • Density at 20 ° C: 0.850 to 0.872
  • Refractive index at 20 ° C: 1.471 to 1.483
  • Rotatory power at 20 ° C: -15 ° to + 0 °
  • Flash point: + 41 ° C

Organoleptic characteristics

The oil is colorless or very light yellow and exudes a sweet and balsamic scent characteristic of juniper.

The use of juniper berries goes back at least to ancient Egypt, to cure arthritis, gout and all rheumatic diseases. They have also served, and still serve, flavoring alcohols such as gin, which takes its name from the plant, and schiedam, a brandy made in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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