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 Juniper Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy

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Oil Name:Juniper
Note:Middle
Parts of plant used:Fruit
Botanical Name:Juniperus Communis 
Aroma:A crisp woody and cleansing scent 

Juniper, famous as the flavour in the alcoholic drink Gin, has had a wide use back to the dawn of civilisation, playing a large role in the fight against contagious diseases and epidemics throughout the history of many nations.

Juniper is originally from the colder climates of Scandinavia and Greenland but has been cultivated all over the world in colder climates.

Avoid during pregnancy and do not take when you have kidney problems.

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Uses:

Detoxicant Urinary tract infectionsDigestive tonic
AcnePeriod painsAstringent
CarminativeRheumatismAntiseptic
DandruffEczemaPsoriasis
AphrodisiacNervous tonicDiuretic

 

Constituents:

CampheneMerceneTerpineol
CadineneTerpenesCedrene

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

 

Borneol: One of the terpene alcohols, found most abundantly in rosemary oil, has many of the properties of other terpene alcohols. It is used as a skin tonic, a local anaesthetic, sedative and antispasmodic.

Terpene Alcohol: Valued for their fragrance, gentle reaction on the skin and membranes and healing properties Terpene Alcohols have earned the name of "Friendly Molecules". Alcohols are amongst the strongest antimicrobial compounds in essential oils but lack the irritant properties of other antimicrobial constituents like phenols.

 

Sesquiterpene lactones: There are thousands of sesquiterpene lactones known. They mostly occur as a combination of several sesquiterpene lactones and are more prevalent in leaves and flowers.

Commonly valued for the digestive bitter benefits sesquiterpene lactones are also anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antibacterial and antimicrobial.

A large majority of sesquiterpene lactones irritate the skin on contact causing dermatitis and often acute inflammation.

Used in China as an infertility agent in men it should not be used in this context as it could cause permanent infertility in men. Sesquiterpenes have antifungal, antibacterial and anaesthetic properties.

It is also thought that they prevent migraines and can be used as antibiotics and to treat Malaria but there is very little in depth testing results available to support these claims.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

 

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