Juniper Berry (Steam) Essential Oil

Botanical Name:
Juniperus communis
Country of Origin:
Bulgaria
Plant Part:
Berry
Distillation Method:
Steam
Cultivation:
Certified Organic
Overall Profile
Monoterpenes
83.44%
Sesquiterpenes
11.77%
Sesquiterpenols
2.63%
Primary Constituents
alpha pinene
55.81%
beta myrcene
8.94%
limonene
6.80%
beta pinene
6.14%
sabinene
3.81%
  • 4oz -
    $85.84
  • 8oz -
    $160.36
  • 16oz -
    $302.41
  • 1Kg -
    $553.06
  • Sample -
    $2.58
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Wholesale Organic Steam Distilled Juniper Berry Essential Oil

From Wholesale Essential Oils, 100% pure Juniper essential oil, steam distilled. This oil is from organically grown Juniper Berries grown in Hungary. . A perfect choice for aroma therapeutic applications. It's effervescent, fresh-yet-warm, woody-sweet evergreen aroma evokes uplifting feelings. This Organic Juniper Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.

ABOUT THE PLANT

Juniper is an evergreen shrub native to a wide array of climates in the northern hemisphere. It has small, waxy blue-green needle-like fragrant leaves and grows in a shrub form to a typical height of 12 meters. The berries typically take 3 years to come to maturity and produce significant aroma compounds.

ABOUT THE OIL

While some Juniper essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs, the best quality is derived from partially dried, ripened berries.

Aromatherapy Notes

This Juniper Berry essential oil has green, pine-like top notes melding with slightly sweet citrus-oil middle notes balanced on a deep balsamic undertone. The bright, wild grown, forest-like scent of this Juniper blends well with other evergreen essential oils such as Pine, Black Spruce and Balsam Fir. Only a small amount is needed in relation to the other oils to bring out the sweet fruity top notes. When used alone or in combination, the aromatics of Juniper evoke feelings of love, health, and peace.

Traditional Uses

Historically, the ancient Greeks would burn juniper as an incense for ritual purposes and to prevent or fight epidemics. It was also used this was in Tibetan ritual, as well as in Native American ceremonies. The name juniper comes from the Latin word juniores, which means “young berries”. The berries were also used for medicinal purposes as a diuretic, laxative, and detoxifier. Juniper can be found extensively in fragrances, soaps, and lotions and is the distinctive flavoring in gin.1

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Antiseptic, Antirheumatic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Detoxicant, Stimulant, Tonic
  • Recommended on joints for rheumatic or arthritic pain
  • Warming and stimulating effects
  • Long associated with purification

From Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche2:

  • Useful for conditions related to kidney disturbances
  • Useful as a household disinfectant
  • Refreshing and stimulating effects against apathy and depression

Juniper in Research

Scientific studies have brought to light numerous potential therapeutic benefits of juniper. These studies have reported finding significant antioxidant3, antibacterial4, antifungal4, anti-inflammatory5, memory improving6, anti-diabetic7, and mosquito repellent8 activities of juniper extracts and essential oil.

Summary of Research Studies

  • Juniper extract showed significant antioxidant reducing power and free radical scavenging activity in vitro.3
  • In a study testing the antimicrobial activity of juniper essential oil, it was found to have strong activity against multiple strains of bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and dermatophytes.4
  • Juniper essential oil exhibited significant anti-inflammatory activity in human skin cells in vitro. The authors take these findings to suggest that juniper essential oil "is a promising therapeutic candidate for inflammatory conditions in the skin."5
  • Inhalation of juniper oil was shown to improve working memory and spatial memory formation in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease.6
  • A decoction from juniper berries was found to lower blood glucose levels in rats with induced diabetes.7
  • Juniper oil had significant mosquito repellent activity against adult yellow fever mosquitoes, comparable to the repellency of deet.8

Application and Use

Safety

Juniper essential oil is a non-irritant, non-sensitizing and generally non-toxic, although it stimulates the uterine muscle and could induce labor, so it SHOULD NOT be used during pregnancy. It also has a nephrotoxic effect and therefore should not be used by those with any kidney issues. Use in moderation.

References

1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Damian, Peter, and Kate Damian. Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co, 1995.

3 Elmastaş , Mahfuz, et al. “A Study on the In Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Juniper (Juniperus Communis L.) Fruit Extracts.” Analytical Letters, vol. 39, no. 1, 2006, pp. 47–65., doi:10.1080/00032710500423385.

4 Pepeljnjak, Stjepan. “Antimicrobial activity of juniper berry essential oil (Juniperus communis L., Cupressaceae).” Acta Pharmaceutica, vol. 55, 2005, pp. 417–422.

5 Han, X., & Parker, T. L. “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Juniper (Juniperus Communis) Berry Essential Oil in Human Dermal Fibroblasts.” Cogent Medicine, vol. 4, no. 1, 16 Mar. 2017, doi:10.1080/2331205x.2017.1306200.

6 Cioanca, Oana, et al. “Improvement of Amyloid-β-Induced Memory Deficits by Juniperus Communis L. Volatile Oil in a Rat Model of Alzheimer's Disease.” Farmacia, vol. 62, no. 3, 2014, pp. 514–520.

7 De Medina, F., et al. “Hypoglycemic Activity of Juniper ‘Berries.’” Planta Medica, vol. 60, no. 03, 1994, pp. 197–200., doi:10.1055/s-2006-959457.

8 Carroll, John F., et al. “Essential Oils of Cupressus Funebris, Juniperus Communis, and J. Chinensis (Cupressaceae) as Repellents against Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) and Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) and as Toxicants against Mosquitoes.” Journal of Vector Ecology, vol. 36, no. 2, 30 Nov. 2011, pp. 258–268., doi:10.1111/j.1948-7134.2011.00166.x.