The health benefits of juniper essential oil are manifold such as it is an antiseptic, sudorific, antirheumatic, depurative, antispasmodic, stimulating, stomachic, astringent, diuretic, carminative, rubefacient, vulnerary, and a toxic substance.
The essential oil of juniper is indeed obtained through steam distillation of the needles, wood and powdered fruits of juniper, bearing the scientific name Juniperus communis.
Its main components are indeed alpha-pinene, camphene, beta pinene, myrcene, sabinene, alpha-phellandrene, alpha-terpinene, cineole, gamma terpinene, beta phellandrene, para-cymene, terpineol, bornyl acetate, and caryophyllene. It also has trace amounts of limonene, camphor, linalool, borneol, linalyl acetate, and nerol.
It is made use of used in several industries, and also to flavor alcoholic beverages such as gin. Juniper is indeed an evergreen shrub that is very common in Europe. Smelling nice is great, but there is far more to juniper and also its essential oil in terms of impressive health benefits.
1. Prevents Sepsis
Juniper essential oil has indeed been a well-known antiseptic in the past and also those wounded or injured in wars or athletics could be treated with it. It was even made use of in injuries sustained by both the mother as well as the child during difficult labors. It does efficiently protect wounds from becoming septic or developing tetanus.
2. Fights Arthritis
Juniper essential oil does promote and also improve blood circulation. It also does help in the removal of toxins such as uric acid from the body. Both of these properties to help fight ailments such as rheumatism, arthritis, gout, as well as renal calculi, all of which are related to rather an improper circulation and the accumulation of toxins in one’s body. This essential oil does relieve swelling.
3. Relieves Cramps
Juniper essential oil is also very effective for almost all forms of cramps, whether it is muscular, intestinal, and respiratory or any other area. It does relax muscle cramps and also helps cure spasmodic cholera as well. Being an antispasmodic, it also helps cure many other problems that are related to cramps or spasms.
4. Acts as an Astringent
Being an astringent, juniper essential oil does help cure toothaches, stops hair loss, and also strengthens the grip of gums on one’s teeth, and also protects them from loosening or falling out. It also does tighten loose muscles and also gives a feeling of firmness, fitness, and youth. This property can also be made use of to cure diarrhea as well. It is also an astringent and can cause blood vessels to contract, thus, reducing the chances of hemorrhaging.
5. Carminative Agent
Carminative agents do help in the removal of gases from the intestines. Gas gets trapped in the intestines moves in forcible manner upwards which can indeed be very dangerous, and prove to be fatal. When gas pushes upwards, it can also choke a person which causes chest pain, indigestion, and uneasiness, and also raises one’s blood pressure, thus threatening one’s heart health, and also does give acute stomach aches. In this respect, juniper oil can also help one a lot. It does effectively remove gases through the downward passage and does not allow additional gases form. Juniper oil is also very good for those who are suffering from chronic gas troubles.
6. Purifies Blood
The essential oil of juniper cleans the blood of toxins and thus acts as a detoxifier or blood purifier. This property is also known as depurative, meaning ‘one which purifies’. It helps to remove the common toxins like uric acid, heavy metals, pollutants and certain compounds and hormones produced by the body itself. It empties the blood of these common toxins as well as other foreign toxins which get into the blood accidentally.
7. Promotes Urination
Juniper oil is of course diuretic in nature, implying that it promotes urination. It does increase both the frequency and volume of urination. Therefore, it is also very beneficial for people who are suffering from an accumulation of water in the body, or swelling due to minor or chronic renal failure. It relieves these patients by removing extra water from the body through urine. It also helps people lose weight because each time one urinates; some fats are lost from the body. This reduces blood pressure and also removes extra salts and also dangerous toxins such as uric acid from the body.
This makes one’s face look red. It can affect the body as well. If applied to the skin, it does increase blood circulation just below the skin making it red in color. It can cause irritation on the skin in case it is applied in excess. It keeps the body healthy and well-oxygenated.
9. Promotes Sweating
A sudorific substance can bring about heavy sweating or perspiration. The occasional perspiration can also make one feel lighter and healthier and also helps in the removal of toxins, excess salt as well as and water through sweat. This does clean the skin pores as well as openings of sweat as well as sebum glands, which does prevent acne as well as other skin diseases. Juniper oil has powerful sudorific properties.
10. Acts as a Stimulant
Some of the properties of juniper oil such as its abilities as an emmenagogue, galactagogue, as well as a diuretic substance do result from a single property of this oil as a stimulant. This stimulating effect does help overcome fatigue, dizziness, and depression. It does increase the activity of the brain as well as neurons, digestive system, excretory system, nervous system, secretions from the endocrine and exocrine glands, which does include secretion of milk, sebum, sweat, tears, urine and also discharges during menses.
11. Treats Stomach Issues
Juniper oil acknowledged as a stomachic as it keeps the stomach in order and also keeps it functioning well. It also does help cure stomach disorders as well as ulcers and ensures the proper flow of bile, gastric juices and acids into one’s stomach for digestion. Sometimes, the inner lining of the stomach is indeed injured on account due to prolonged acidity and ultimately does result in the formation of ulcers. Juniper oil can also help one avoid this situation since it does maintain secretions of bile in one’s stomach. Bile is basic in nature and neutralizes the acids.
Juniper oil is also accepted as a tonic, as it tones up everything, including the muscles, tissues, skin, and various other systems inside one’s body. This does include the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive as well as excretory systems. This tonic effect does help retain youth for a longer time and also maintain proper health for years to come.
13. Speeds up Healing Process
One can go in for a diluted solution of this oil which can be applied on wounds or blended with a skin cream and then applied, it also helps one’s wounds heal faster and also keep them protected from infections. This oil is also equally beneficial in healing internal wounds, cuts as well as ulcers.
It disinfects air and also helps in curing kidney stones, inflammation, urinary tract infections, acne, eczema, other skin diseases, dandruff, and enlargement of the prostate gland.
Blending: Juniper essential oil blends well with the essential oils of Bergamot, Cedar Wood, Cypress, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavandin, Lavender, Lavandin, Lime, Lemon, Lemongrass, and Vetiver.