Juniperus communis

 

Juniper

Juniper

Properties: detoxifiying, antiseptic, antirheumatic, tonic and an aphrodisiac.

Usage What it’s good for
Massage or added to bathwater or a footbath Improving circulation and relieving fluid retention, cellulite, varicose veins and haemorrhoids, muscle and joint aches and pains, menstrual problems, cystitis, indigestion, flatulence and diarrhoea, skin and hair conditions such as acne, eczema, oily skin, blackheads, greasy hair, dandruff and hair loss.
In a vaporiser/burner It helps to reduce anxiety, relieve insomnia, lower blood pressure and ease colds and flu.

Caution: not to be used during pregnancy or by people with kidney disease. Dilute well as may cause skin irritation.

NB: the best quality juniper oil is distilled from fresh, new berries. Many poorer quality and cheaper oils are extracted from juniper wood or needles, or from berries fermented during gin making, and are adulterated with turpentine.