My first opinion for a J post is unfortunately on hiatus because there are a couple of things in the pipeline which I need to keep on the down low for the moment so this week is J for Juniper Oil.
Juniper is a pale woody oil from the Cupressaceae family of oils and is made from the berries, wood and needles of the Juniper tree, Latin name juniperus communis. As it’s a middle note oil it blends well with Bergamot, Cedar Wood, Cypress, Grapefruit, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass and Vetiver
It is a calming oil, often used to ease anxiety and nervous tension as well as ease muscle tension. It is also a diuretic, helping with water retention and cellulite. It is sometimes used to help regulate menstrual cycles and ease menstrual pain as well as a help with urine infections. Used in creams and compresses the oil can help with inflammatory skin ailments such as eczema and dermatitis, and bring balance to oily skin and in massage it can help with weight loss, swollen joints and arthritis. In a defuser Juniper can help lift the mood and bolster the nervous system as well as helping get over a hangover.
Although generally safe to use in moderation pregnant women and people with kidney problems should avoid using it or contact their GP. As a trained aromatherapists I would look to get a letter from the clients GP in the case of kidney disease. It’s known as being non-sensitizing however its not unheard of for people to react to it so it is wise to use it in moderation.
Juniper is one of those earthy, woody scents I associate with Pan and I often make up this oil for anointing myself and ritual objects.
3 drops Patchouli
2 drops Juniper
2 drops Cedarwood
1 drop Pine
2 teaspoons of base oil
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