Juniper, a purifying oil that is a disinfectant, repels insects and soothes bug bites. It is also a refreshing oil to lift the spirits, and improve mental clarity.
Best ways to use Juniper essential oil:
- Direct Palm / Nasal Inhaler: Place a drop of oil in the palm of your hand, gently rub the hands together, cup your hands around your nose and take a deep breath in through the nose. You can also add several drops to nasal inhaler and breathe in throughout the day. You can repeat multiple times though out the day.
- Diffuser: Juniper is a wonderful oil to add to a diffuser to awaken the mind and disinfect. (for mental clarity add lemon and rosemary and as a disinfectant add spruce and pine).
- For a body oil mix with grapefruit to areas with cellulite and massage deeply into the skin a couple times daily.
- For a joint oil mix into a carrier oil of arnica and blend with peppermint and a tiny bit of ginger.
Other oils it blends well with:
Atlas cedar, bergamot, frankincense, lavender, neroli, rose geranium, rosemary, sandalwood.
Fun facts: In the middle ages juniper was burned to combat the plague. The tree was a food source for the Native Americans. In India the leaves were burned as incense.
Cautions: considered non-toxic, though should be careful with sensitive skin. It should not be used by those with kidney disease, acute bladder infections, or during pregnancy.