- Powerful Antioxidant
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Boost Digestion
- Relaxant & Sleep Aid
- Heartburn & Acid Reflux
- Helps Celulite
- Insect Repellent
Juniper Berry Essential Oil (Juniperus communis)
Today, juniper berry essential oil is most commonly used in natural remedies for sore throat and respiratory infections, fatigue, muscle aches and arthritis. It can also help soothe skin flair-ups, boost the immune system, help with insomnia and aid with digestion. Research shows juniper berry essential oil contains over 87 different active constituent compounds, including strong antioxidants, antibacterials and antifungals.
The smell of juniper berries offers emotional support and reduces physical and emotional signs of stress.
For a natural sleep aid, use juniper berry essential oil at home by diffusing it throughout your bedroom. You can also add a few drops directly to a bath for a relaxing, healing soak.
Another traditional use of juniper berry essential oil is to treat heartburn and acid reflux. To soothe indigestion symptoms like acid reflux, massage 1 to 2 drops of juniper berry oil blended with coconut oil over the entire stomach, abdomen and chest.
You can also use juniper oil as a cellulite remedy. It may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite thanks to active components like alpha-pinene, sabinene and juniperene.
Just like citronella oil, the scent of juniper may naturally repel bugs like mosquitoes. Spray it on your clothes, mix it with a carrier oil and massage into your skin, or diffuse it indoors and outdoors to purify the air and help prevent bug bites.
A natural antiseptic for skin or respiratory infections, its antimicrobial properties help to kill bacteria and provide what could be a potent treatment for simple infections. Some studies suggest this oil might be effective against bacteria and fungi that are resistant to antibiotics. Juniper berry essential oil has a strong antifungal reaction against the bacteria that causes candida. When diffused indoors, it absorbs odors from your home while also purifying the air your family breathes.
Animal studies have found that this oil increases the activity of three very important antioxidants in the body: superoxide dismutase(SOD), catalase and glutathione peroxidase. All three of these have huge health benefits. In fact, glutathione peroxidase is associated with prevention and development of diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Correlated with its antioxidant activity, juniper berry essential oil might be one natural way to reduce high blood pressure.