Juniper Leaf Oil
Botanical Name: Juniperus communis
Common Method of Extraction: Hydrodistilled
Parts Used: Leafy branches
Note Classification: Top to middle
Aroma: Fresh, diffusive, lively, balsamic, warm, woody
Largest Producing Countries: The Juniper shrub grows tall up to 1 to 3 metres. The smaller shrubs can be seen in North America and the taller ones in Europe.
Traditional Use: Juniper leaf oil does not have any harsh notes present in it hence it is popularly used in aromatherapy and is ideal ingredient to include in refreshing massage oil. It provides a warm, comfortable and relieving feel to the massage. It is also ideal to use the oil in a sauna or sweat lodge. Juniper oil is known for uplifting the spirits during times of low energy, weakness and anxiety. It is used widely natural perfumery and incense also apart from aromatherapy. The American Indians used every part of the tree as an antiseptic and they used to make tea from the twigs and berries which were high on Vitamin C. The oil was applied for many ailments like stomach aches, cold and used as a blood purification tonic and topically applied to arrest bleeding and heal wounds. Juniper lead oil is excellent for use on the skin and is used popularly as a toner and has astringent and antiseptic properties. It is good for people with oily skin because it help in unclogging skin pores. The oil contains many useful nutrients which help in strengthening collage fibres and helps prevent ageing of the skin. The oil has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and can be used for the treatment of dry scalp. It is used for increasing the keratin contain in the hair and preventing dandruff. It can be mixed with lavender extract and used as a hair conditioner. The use of the oil hydrates the hair follicles and supply healthy fatty acids and nutrients which are required for healthy hair.
Blends Well With: Juniper leaf oil blends well with bergamot and other kinds of citrus oil, clary sage, cedarwood, cistus, cypress, elemi, fir needle, galbanum, labdanum, lavender, lavandin, oakmoss, rosemary, and sandalwood and vetiver oils.
Of Interest: Juniper leaf oil has been used for centuries as an antiseptic, diuretic, in purification rituals and therapies and other medicinal uses. It is used in diffusers to lift the overall mood and is ideal to control the food cravings. It is the perfect oil to provide relief from stress after a day’s hard work. The berries of Juniper are used to make gin and were also roasted and brewed in place of coffee. In olden times, it was used infused in water and used as an antidote for poisonous bites. Europeans used it to expel worms and to oust cholera and typhoid.
Safety Data: Juniper leaf oil is generally recognised as safe oil. But continued or unwarranted use of the oil may cause kidney irritation or damage. It is not advised to use the oil when there is urinary tract infection. It is recommended to avoid using the oil with small children, elderly people, pregnant and nursing women and epileptic patients.