All essential oils are not created equal. Even though you can be certain that all of them are loaded with benefits, some are even better than others. At the same time, some of these are beneficial both as essential oils and whole herbs, while others are more useful in one or the other of these. The one we are going to speak about today is just as good as an herb as it is as an essential oil, although the two will obviously be used in slightly different ways.
The amazing essential oil/herb that we are talking about today is Juniper Berry. Now, this is not your everyday berry. This is not the type of berry that you would just sit in front of the TV popping into your mouth, even though they are sometimes used as a flavoring for certain dishes. But, it is a berry in any case. It is the berry of the evergreen called juniper. The berries are not sweet, and, in fact, they are rather bitter and camphor-like in taste. In fact, technically, they aren’t even berries at all, but part of the cone of this particular evergreen. But they do look like berries! Only the ripe ones are used for medicinal purposes, and the color of the ripe berries is a kind of bluish purple color.
The scientific name for juniper berries is “Juniperus communis”. In order to get the essential oil the berries are steam distilled, in order to get the maximum amount of essential oil out of the berry. Juniper berries are native to Nepal and most of the Northern Hemisphere.
Historically, the juniper berry has been used in a variety of ways for centuries and more. In fact, there is evidence that they have been used since ancient times, by both the ancient Arabian people, and the ancient Greeks. One of the traditional uses for juniper berry is to treat severe heart problems, particularly heart failure, due to its decongesting properties. The Zuni tribe of Native Americans (Indians) used to use this herb in order to help the women to ease childbirth. It is said that during outbreaks of the bubonic plague, that people would go around with a few juniper berries in their mouths in order to prevent infection and outbreak. Throughout the ages, juniper berries have been used even for cancer!
Juniper berry is highly detoxifying, and is even great for getting rid of toxic build up that has been going on for years. It is strong enough, yet safe enough to deal with a variety of different causes, and works quickly and quietly.
Many experts claim that juniper berry is great for getting rid of cellulite for that same reason. Gout is also a dealt a swift blow with juniper berry oil. Especially when it is made into a fairly strong blend with a base oil. Along the same lines, rheumatism is benefited, as well as the pain of osteoarthritis.
Along those same lines of detoxifying properties, juniper berry is great for all types of skin problems related to toxic buildup as well. Along those lines, in studies, it has been found that juniper berry shows an effect against the herpes virus, and it is well known that juniper is highly anti-bacteria, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. Problems like eczema, psoriasis, and seborrhea are short-lived with juniper berry as a solution to the problem. Acne too can’t stand up to small doses of juniper berry oil, along with a change in diet and other lifestyle improvements. Due to its strong detoxifying properties, juniper berry is also great for liver congestion.
There is a little known use for juniper berries, which I have found to be an amazing thing. It actually helps to grow hair! This is significant for those who suffer from baldness, and thinning hair, both men and women.