Essential Oil Spotlight: Juniper Berry

Juniper berry (Juniperus communis) essential oil is steam-distilled from the berries and needles of cypress conifer trees. This essential oil is recognized by its sweet, balsamic, and tenacious scent.

This essential oil contains antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, cleansing, detoxifying, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic health properties. Juniper primarily affects the following body systems: digestive system, emotional balance, nervous system, and skin.

Historically, juniper has been used for physical and spiritual purification, cleansing infections, embalming, relieving arthritis and urinary tract infections, warding off plagues, epidemics, and contagious diseases, kidney and bladder problems, pulmonary infections, and fevers.

Today, juniper berry essential oil is commonly used to help with acne, alcoholism, dermatitis/eczema, kidney stones, and tinnitus. This oil may also help with detoxifying and cleansing the body, coughs, depression, energy, hemorrhoids, infections, liver problems, aching muscles, nerve function and regeneration, obesity, rheumatism, ulcers, water retention, and wounds.

Applications of Juniper Berry Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution). Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: The aroma of juniper evokes feelings of health, love, and peace and may help to elevate one’s spiritual awareness.
Internal Application: Juniper berry is generally recognized as safe for human consumption. Place a drop under the tongue, or take in capsules.
Safety Data: This oil should not be consumed by children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution on children 6 years old and over. Use with caution during pregnancy or while nursing.

Ways to Use Juniper Berry Essential Oil:

1. Skin Clarity Roll-on
We all aspire to have clear, healthy skin. If you’re struggling to achieve this, try combining 10 drops melaleuca, 8 drops lavender, and 8 drops juniper berry with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml (1/3 oz) roll-on bottle. Roll the mixture on your face after removing makeup, and massage in if necessary. Click here to view the full recipe.
2. Hangover
Add 5 drops grapefruit, 2 drops rosemary, and 1 drop juniper berry to 1 cup (250 g) epsom salt. Dissolve 1/2 cup (125 g) of the mixture in warm bathwater for a soothing bath to ease hangover symptoms.
3. Diffuser Blends
Juniper berry essential oil comes with so many aromatic benefits that you can’t help but diffuse it with some of your favorite oils. Here are a few diffuser blends we’ve come up with that you can try!

4. Dermatitis/Eczema
Skin conditions can become extremely uncomfortable and irritating. To treat dermatitis/eczema, blend 2 drops helichrysum and 2 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil in a small roll-on bottle, and apply on the affected skin.
5. Air-Freshening Spray
Air fresheners should not only smell great, but also be emotionally uplifting. Combine 10 drops fennel, 8 drops lemon, and 6 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 1 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray the mixture around the room, and breathe in the emotional support.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 79.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Siberian Fir

Siberian fir (Abies sibirica) essential oil is steam-distilled from the needles and twigs of the tree. It has a fresh, woody, earthy, sweet scent.

Some properties of this oil include analgesic, antiarthritic, anticatarrhal, antiseptic (pulmonary), expectorant, and stimulant.

Siberian fir is found throughout the cold taiga forest in northern Eurasia and North America. Though highly regarded for its fragrance, the fir tree has been prized through the ages for its medicinal virtues in regards to respiratory complaints, fever, and muscular and rheumatic pain.

Fir creates the symbolic effect of an umbrella protecting the earth and bringing energy in from the universe. At night the animals in the wild lie down under the tree for the protection, recharging, and rejuvenation it brings them.

Today, Siberian fir essential oil is commonly used for bronchitis, bursitis, cartilage inflammation, cleaning, emotional balance, energizing, frozen shoulder, furniture polish, massage (soothing), muscle fatigue, muscle pain, overexercised muscles, relaxing, and sprains. Fir may also be beneficial for reducing aches/pains from colds and the flu, fighting airborne germs/bacteria, arthritis, asthma, supporting the blood, bronchial obstructions, coughs, fevers, oxygenating the cells, rheumatism, sinusitis, and urinary tract infections.

Siberian fir essential oil affects the respiratory system.

Applications of Siberian Fir Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Siberian fir essential oil can be used neat (with no dilution). Dilute with carrier oil for children or those with sensitive skin. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma of Siberian fir essential oil directly. The aroma of Siberian fir creates a feeling of grounding, anchoring, and empowerment. It can stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax.
Internal Application: Siberian fir essential oil can be taken internally via capsule or beverage. Try diluting 1 drop of Siberian fir essential oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or 4 oz. (125 ml) of beverage (such as non-dairy milk). It is not to be used for children under 6 years of age and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years of age.
Safey Note: This oil can irritate sensitive skin.

5 Ways to Use Siberian Fir Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Siberian fir is both stimulating and relaxing, which can leave the body feeling refreshed and grounded. Try these blends in your diffuser when you feel the need to be a little more grounded, energized, or relaxed:

2. Add to a Body Salve
Due to its anticatarrhal and expectorant properties, Siberian fir is great for respiratory issues. Its analgesic and antiarthritic properties make it a good oil to use on muscles and joints. Siberian fir is also helpful for cuts and scrapes due to its analgesic and antiseptic properties. Try adding Siberian fir essential oil to the following coconut oil salve, or use one of the blends below.

Coconut Oil Salve

  • Servings: Yield=1/4 cup (60 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil. Remove from heat once melted. Allow to cool.
  3. When cool, add the essential oil, and use a hand blender to combine. Blend on high for several seconds until well incorporated and creamy.
  4. Spoon the cooled cream into sealable glass containers. The salve is ready to use.
  5. If using for cuts and scrapes, avoid contaminating the cream with stray bacteria—try not to touch it directly with your hands. Instead, use a cotton swab or clean tissue to apply it to a wound.

Essential Oil Blends:

Muscles:
6 drops Siberian fir
4 drops rosemary
4 drops black pepper
Respiratory:
6 drops Siberian fir
4 drops eucalyptus
3 drops peppermint
2 drops sandalwood
Cuts and Scrapes:
5 drops Siberian fir
5 drops melaleuca
5 drops frankincense
5 drops lavender

3. Use in Furniture Polish
Siberian fir is a great oil to add to natural furniture polish that can be used for wood, leather, stainless steel, and other metals. It polishes woods and metals, softens leather, removes sticky residue, and more.

Furniture Polish

  • Servings: Yield=2 Tbsp. (30 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the spray bottle. Shake to combine.
  2. To use, shake and spray on rag, then rub onto any wood, metal, or leather surface needing polishing.

4. Add to Deodorant, Perfume, or Room Spray

Siberian fir smells so good and its scent is so grounding; it is a great oil to add to deodorant, perfume, or a room spray. Simply add one of the following blends to this soft deodorant recipe, this hard deodorant recipe, this room spray recipe, or this perfume recipe.

Oriental Nights:
7 drops frankincense
5 drops Siberian fir
3 drops orange
Rejuvenate Yourself:
5 drops Siberian fir
5 drops lavender
Sweet Sunrise
7 drops Siberian fir
4 drops rosemary
3 drops bergamot

5. Open Airways with a Steam Facial Bath
Because it contains expectorant and anticatarral properties, Siberian fir is great to use for respiratory issues, especially a stuffy nose. Try this recipe for a steam facial bath to help open your airways:

Open Airways:
5 drops Siberian fir
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops melaleuca
Mix essential oils in a sample bottle, and then add 1 drop (2–3 bottle taps) to a bowl full of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head to trap the steam, and lean over the bowl (don’t let your face touch the hot water). Breathe deeply for several minutes. Repeat every hour as needed over the course of a day or two to help relieve sinus congestion.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 112.

EO Life Hack: “Empty” EO Spray Bottle

Do you have an almost empty essential oil bottle, but you just can’t seem to get the last couple drops out? Make it into a freshening spray! Simply remove the cap and orifice reducer, add a couple drops of an emulsifier (such as Castile soap, vegetable glycerin, Epsom salt, or witch hazel), fill with distilled water, and screw on a small spray top. Shake to combine before using. Use as a body spray, air-freshening spray, linen spray, etc.

 

Air Freshening Spray

This Air Freshening Spray is a great way to help the air smell good without the harmful chemicals found in many commercial sprays. Another benefit to making your own spray is that you get to choose exactly what smell you want!

Here are a few essential oil blend suggestions to help you get started:

Clean & Fresh:
4 drops lemon
4 drops lime
2 drops rosemary
Calming:
10 drops lavender
4 drops Roman chamomile
1 drop frankincense
Fresh Floral:
6 drops lavender
4 drops geranium
2 drops Roman chamomile
Citrus Spice:
4 drops lemon
5 drops orange
3 drops grapefruit
2 drops clove

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Essential Oil Gel Air Fresheners

Replace your synthetic air fresheners with these all-natural gel air fresheners that use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to create a pleasant aroma to freshen up a room!

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