Essential Oil Profile: Juniper


Latin Name: Juniperus communis 

Family: Cupressaceae

Plant Part: Berries, Needles

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle Element: Metal, Water

Functional Group: Terpene, alcohol, ester

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Kapha

Scent: Woody, fresh, earthy, sweet

For Skin Type: Acne, oily

Cautions: Not during pregnancy, Not with kidney disease. Not with high blood pressure. May irritate sensitive skin. Per R. Tisserand & R. Young regarding pregnancy and kidney disease not accurate by current research. Kurt Schnaubelt states juniper berries are ok because they have no monoterpenes.

Physical Uses: Detoxifying, cellulite, cystitis, diuretic, colds, flu, muscle & joint pain, menstrual cramps, skin conditions, improves circulation.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, mental clarity, anxiety, studying, clearing stagnant thoughts, burn-out, helps dispel negative emotions, natural antiseptic.

Other Uses: Jet lag

Blends Well With: Woods, needles, citrus, leaves

Possible Substitutions: Cedar Texas (Juniperus mexicana),


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Advanced Level, 2001-2011.

Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, P 46.



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