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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — J — Juniper Berry

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History of Juniper Berry Essential Oil

  • Greek origins: Juniper was commonly burned in spiritual ceremonies by the Ancient Greeks to combat epidemics.
  • Medicinal folklore: Juniper Berry Oil has been traditionally used in ancient medicine by various cultures. The Zuni Indians for example used it to assist in childbirth.
  • Ward off evil spirits: Juniper berries have been used since ancient times to expel negative forces and illnesses. They were believed to cleanse and purify the mind, body and spirit.

–from Decleor


Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis)

Plant appearance:  a low-growing shrub or 30-foot tall tree with dark blue berry-like seed cones.

What’s used for oil: the berries what are used.

Juniper bush with berries
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It has been used world-wide for a long time.

Juniper branches are used in spiritual ceremonies in Tibet and First Nations Peoples in America.

Learn more about the First Nations Peoples in America and the juniper here.

Find out more about the Tibetan ceremonies here.

The berries are also used for gin.

Oil appearance: colorless to pale yellow liquid

Therapeutic uses: fluid retention, cystitis, Urinary tract infections, abdominal bloating, menstrual cramps, heavy legs, detoxifying, cellulite, obesity, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, acne, ulceration, eczema, mental exhaustion, chronic fatigue, anxiety, tension.

Precautions: avoid if you have kidney disorders or are pregnant; GRAS


Back Pain Blend
Essential Oils (EO)
black pepper EO 3 drops
ginger EO 10 drops
eucalyptus radiata EO 5 drops
juniper berry EO 3 drops

Mix the above oils together, adding in the order listed. Roll bottle gently in hands to blend.
Dilute 4-5 drops of this blend into each teaspoon of carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond oil)
Note: with acute pain, apply 1-2 drops of the blend directly on the affected area.


58 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — J — Juniper Berry

  1. That was an interesting read. I ordered some spasce clearing space via an online site last night. The only one I could get was juniper and sage. It will take two weeks to be delivered but it sounds like it will be be very cleansing.

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      1. Yes, aromatherapy is very useful. I use a blend for colds every day at present. It wouldn’t stop the virus but helps keep my immune system function better. I don’t know what’s in it. My daughter made it for me. I’ll ask her what’s in it this week. She also made up some Theives Oil which she uses when she goes out. Have you tried it? I will put a recipe on my blog later today.

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        1. I definitely would like to have the recipe your daughter made. I do know about the thieves oil. The talk I went to a couple of months ago that got my whole interest in essential oils going talked about it. I have a bottle of the oil blend as well as a ‘5 thieves hand sanitizer’!

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          1. I asked my daughter. She said the colds aromatherapy she made wouod have been made from Doterra Immune Bomb essential oils blernd which is rather like Thieves oil. It’s a mix of lemon, oregano, tea tree, frankincense and a Doterra blend called On Guard. 😀

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  2. My aunt has a really tall juniper tree that I’ve taken photos of with the berries. Also, it is bad for allergies – my daughter and grand-daughter get sick from these trees. Our local weather ? thing puts out allergy reports, and warns when juniper is heavy in the air, which it has been lately.

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  3. I don’t just juniper berry EO often, but I do occasionally diffuse it – it’s warm resinous, sweet “junipery” scent feels especially supportive to me during winter. Thanks for the link to the Tibetan site – there’s a lot there to explore.

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