I’ve decided to choose an oil a month and let you know a little bit more about it and what I use it for in a treatment. This month I’ve picked the delightful Juniper berry – I hope you find it interesting.
Juniper (juniperus communis)
The essential oil is extracted from the small black berries of the Juniper evergreen tree. The oil has a warm, piney, woody-herbaceous aroma which is also quite sweet. It blends well with many oils.
It’s a heating, stimulating, tonifying oil with antimicrobial, detoxifying and cleansing properties. It has a long history of use as a sacred and herbal medicine in the treatment of urinary disorders, gout, rheumatism and respiratory disorders and, of course, it’s what gives gin it’s distinctive flavour.
I use it for many different reasons but this month particularly for its detoxifying actions. After the excesses of Christmas my clients have felt quite sluggish and this is perfect for stimulating the lymphatic system. A lovely spring detox blend is juniper, angelica and grapefruit.
Always consult a fully trained aromatherapist before using essential oils, as many have safety considerations and should not be used with certain medical conditions. Never take essential oils orally.