Juniper Berry Essential Oil comes from the fruit of the evergreen tree. The fruit is a berry-like cone that is highly aromatic. It is known as a strong detoxifier and immune booster, naturally improving short term and long term ailments.
The scent of juniper is reminiscent of walking through a forest. This woodsy oil has sweet and fruity undertones that create a refreshing aroma. Fill your home with this scent to enjoy calming effects on nervous tension.
Historically, juniper has been used for spiritual purposes. It has also been burned to ward off disease. Juniper berries are best known as the raw material of gin.
Juniper is on our Top 30 Affordable Essential Oils list, so cost should not keep this oil from being added to your collection. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend getting a bottle. Read on to see how it can benefit your life.
Juniper Essential Oil Facts:
Plant Part Used:
Crisp, sweet, woody, piney, fresh
Alpha-pinene, beta-myrcene, beta-pinene, sabinene, limonene. See Essential Oil Safety for a complete list of constituents.
Safe for topical use in low dilutions. Kid friendly oil, ages 2+ when diluted.
Avoid old or oxidized oils, they may cause skin sensitization. Store oil in dark, airtight container. Not phototoxic. Do not ingest.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil Blends Well With:
Bergamot, black pepper, lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, cypress, fir needle, cedarwood, grapefruit, clary sage, rosewood, lemon, orange, laurel leaf, and roman chamomile.
Fluid retention, cystitis, urinary tract infection, abdominal bloating, menstrual cramp, heavy legs, detoxifying, cellulite, obesity, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, acne, ulceration, eczema, mental exhaustion, chronic fatigue, anxiety, tension (from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Wormwood, page 596).
Juniper Berry Uses & Benefits
Here is our top 10 list of benefits & uses for juniper oil.
#1. Promotes Clear & Healthy Complexion
-Frequently used in skincare, juniper oil acts as a natural skin toner and reduces the appearance of skin blemishes. It can also diminish stretch marks and help skin conditions that occur because of hormonal imbalance.
-For Healthy Complexion: After washing face, apply one drop of juniper mixed with jojoba oil to your skin. You will love the refreshing look this oil brings to your skin! Also add some to your shower gel or body wash to fight blemishes, fungus and foot odor.
-Make Juniper Berry Moisturizer: Fill a 2 oz glass jar with whipped coconut oil and 6-12 drops of juniper berry to it (0.5-1% dilution). Simple right? Now you have yourself an essential oil moisturizer that is excellent for your skin and all natural!
#2. Joint & Muscle Soother
-Juniper is a great way to relieve pain and inflammation. Use for injuries, joint aches, muscle pain, bone pain, and arthritis. When used topically, it produces skin warmth which can ease tired muscles. Blend 1-2 drops juniper with 1 teaspoon carrier oil, massage on effected areas. Try our Juniper Muscle Rub recipe below.
-Sore joints? Try Juniper Bath Blend: Add 2 drops juniper oil, 1 drop of rosemary and 1 drop of lavender to 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. Pour 1/4 cup of Epsom salts into mixture. Add blend to a warm bath to soothe your body.
#3. Reduces Stress & Nervous Tension
-The aroma of juniper reduces emotional and physical stress, creating a fresh and positive atmosphere. Use during meditation or prayer to help release worry and negative thinking. Juniper oil has a positive impact on the relaxation responses of the brain when you inhale it.
-Naturally Calming Perfume: You can add 6 drops of juniper to a 10 ml roller bottle, fill the rest with jojoba oil. Roll on throughout the day, it smells wonderful and is better for you than any chemical perfumes.
#4. Boosts Digestion
-Used as a digestive aid, juniper acts as a stimulant for digestive enzyme. This allows for easier breaking down and absorption of nutrients and fats from foods.
-Heartburn Relief: Massage 1-2 drops of juniper berry essential oil with coconut oil on chest and abdomen for indigestion symptoms, acid reflux, or heart burn.
#5. Repels Insects
-The smell of juniper berry naturally sends bugs away like citronella oil. You can spray juniper essential oil on your clothes, or mix it with carrier oil and massage your skin. Just add 6 drops to a 1 oz dropper bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil (1% dilution).
#6. Natural Remedy For UTI
-Have you ever had a UTI (urinary tract infection)? If so, you know how terrible they are. Thankfully, Juniper Berry is known for supporting healthy kidney and urinary function and it acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent.
-Natural Remedy: Mix 1-2 drops of juniper oil with 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil and massage onto your lower abdomen/pelvic area, near the spot where your bladder is.
-For bladder discomfort also try our Detox Bath Salt Blend under #9, a warm bath with this blend can be soothing.
#7. Natural Air Purifier
-Replace commercial air fresheners and room sprays with an all natural juniper berry essential oil spray. Simply add 15 drops of juniper and 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin into a 2 oz spray bottle and then fill the rest with water. Add spray top and shake well to mix. Place natural air freshener in living room, bathroom and office to clean the air.
-Diffusing juniper can also help with purification of air. Diffuse 3 drops of juniper oil and 3 drops of lemon oil to deodorize the air in your home. Read more about the benefits of diffusing oils.
#8. Natural Sleep Remedy
-The aroma of juniper makes you relax and unwind muscle tension. Massage a few drops diluted in carrier oil onto your chest, feet and neck before bedtime. Juniper berry essential oil enables you to sleep faster and prevents racing mind or restlessness, soothing you into peaceful sleep.
-Peaceful Sleep Inhaler: Make a nasal inhaler and inhale before bedtime. Add 4 drops Juniper berry, 4 drops lavender and 4 drops cedarwood.
#9. Enhances Detoxification
-Increasing urination and elimination, juniper berry helps in drawing waste, toxins and irritants out of your digestive tract. As it acts helpful in fighting stressful feelings, it will help you in controlling emotional food cravings.
-Place 1-2 drops on your hands, rub and inhale the oil to aid in stimulating a relaxing response.
-Detox Bath Salt Blend: Mix 1/4 cup of dead sea salt, 2 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil and 4 drops of juniper berry. Add to warm bath and soak for a detoxing effect.
#10. Household Cleaner and Freshener
-Juniper berry essential oil is a natural antiseptic which lessens and prevents bacteria from spreading. You can use it on kitchen and bathroom surfaces as well as appliances. It absorbs odors when you diffuse it indoors while purifying the air.
-Use juniper berry on dryer balls, just add a few drops to each ball and allow to dry while you are washing your load. Once load is washed add clothes and dryer balls to dryer. Read more about using essential oils with wool dryer balls.
Juniper Essential Oil Recipes
Juniper Muscle Rub
Sooth minor aches, pains and inflammation
- 9 drops Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
- 6 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
- 6 drops Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)
- 3 drops Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
- 1/4 cup Jojoba oil
Add all ingredient into a 2 oz lotion pump bottle. To use, rub on sore muscles for relief. (2% dilution)
Calming the Chaos Diffuser Blend
Blend that is calming and helps to reduce stress
- 3 drops Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
- 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 2 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water. Read more about diffusing essential oils.
Feet Treat Foot Soak
Use after a long day on your feet to sooth and refresh
- 1 drop Juniper (Juniperus communis)
- 1 drop Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
- 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon epsom salt
Mix oils together and add in epsom salt. Place foot soak blend into a basin of warm water and soak feet.
Clear Congestion Inhaler Blend
When stress or tension hit, take a whiff of this relaxing blend
- 5 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
- 5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
- 4 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana or Cedrus atlantica)
- Blank Inhaler
Add essential oils to cotton wick and insert into inhaler. Read more about using aromatherapy inhalers.
DIY Moisturizing Nail Soak
Nourish your nails with this nail soak, great to do once a week for healthy nails.
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 drops Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
- 5 drops Vitamin E oil
Mix ingredients in a small bowl that you can comfortably soak your nails in. Soak nails for 5-10 minutes. No need to rinse when done, just rub any oil residue into your hands! You can use the leftover nail soak for a foot soak, just add the remaining oil to a warm basin of water and soak your feet!
Christmas Tree Diffuser Blend
Love the scent of Christmas trees? This blend smells just like it!
- 2 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
- 2 drops Fir Needle (Abies sibirica)
- 2 drops Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Add essential oils to diffuser with recommended water.
So as you can see, there are lots of uses for juniper berry essential oil, you just need to open your bottle and start using it!
Where to Buy Juniper Essential Oil
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General Essential Oil Precautions
Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.
Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10).
If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), it is best practice to always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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