Juniper Essential Oil
Latin name Juniperus communis – Family species Cupressaceae
Juniper J communis is also referred to as Common Juniper, but should not be confused with J oxycedrus (where cade oil comes from), J virginia (the source of Virginia Cedarwood oil), or J sabina (used to produce savin oil which should be avoided altogether).
“Applied externally as a diluted essential oil, it [Juniper] has a slightly warming effect on the skin and is thought to promote the removal of waste products from underlying tissues.” –The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier
“The action of juniper resembles that of cypress, and they are quite closely related botanically. Cypress is definitely a more powerful astringent and antispasmodic, while juniper is a more effective diuretic. The diuretic and depurative actions of juniper make it an excellent remedy for rheumatism and gout.” –The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Colorless to pale yellow
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Woody, fresh, stimulating, sweet, fruity, green, balsamy
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Shrub
Parts Used – Berries
Countries of Origin – Italy, France, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Germany
Extraction Method – Steam distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
Alpha pinene, sabinene, myrcene, camphene, terpineol, cymene, thujene
Applications and Uses
Found as fragrance in cosmetics, soaps, detergents, colognes, aftershaves, and perfumes. Juniper is also used in some aromatherapy applications. Also used commercially in food and drinks.
Juniper blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
Juniper oil can be irritating to the skin for some, and it is recommended by sources to use well diluted and sparingly if at all.
It has been stated that juniper oil should not be used if pregnant / nursing or on children under 12 years of age, and should be avoided by those with kidney disease or kidney problems.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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