Essential Oils A-Z
- Warming Produces feeling of warmth when applied or rubbed
- Rubefacient Warms and reddens the area of application
- Emmenagogue Provokes menstruation – useful for clients suffering from absence of periods, but contraindicated for pregnant women
- Depurative Removes impurities and toxins
- Stimulant Stimulates a particular system or the whole body
- Relaxing Has a relaxing effect on body and mind
- Diuretic Increases urine production
- Antispasmodic Calms, slows muscle spasm
- Sedative Calms the nervous system
- Tonic Invigorates or gives strength to a specific area or the whole body
- Antiseptic Prevents or removes infection
Skin ďż˝ detoxifies blocked pores, good for acne and oily skin; also for dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. Skeletal ďż˝ warming effect eases symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism and gout. Circulatory ďż˝ aids cellulite detoxification. Nervous ďż˝ clears and stimulates the mind, relieves stress-related conditions and tension. Urinary ďż˝ cystitis; diuretic thus helps fluid retention. Lymphatic ďż˝ a great detoxifier and widely used for oedema, lymph congestion, varicose veins and fluid retention.
The best oil comes from the dried berries but a cheaper oil is made from the needles and wood of the tree. It is a coniferous tree which naturally grows in the north, particularly Siberia, Canada and Scandinavia. However, the oil is mainly produced in France, Italy, Hungary and Slovakia. The oil is extracted by steam distillation.
A blend for aches and pains for the bath 2 drops Juniper 2 drops Lavender 1 drop Black Pepper
Native Americans used Juniper berries for medicinal applications and burn the berries to cleanse and purify the air. As a herb, it had and has great medicinal value in other countries too and was used against contagious diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and the plague in Tibet and Europe. It was given to Mongolian women at the beginning of labour and in old Yugoslavia was looked upon as an all cure. It was burnt in French hospitals to clear the air. It is probably best known as the flavour ingredient of gin.
An abortifacient (stimulates the uterus muscles) so it should never be used during pregnancy May irritate the kidneys and should not be used on those with kidney disease or on those who have suffered with nephritis. Prolonged use many cause kidney damage.