25 Days of Essential Oils – Day 9
Day 9, Juniper berry essential oil is a great alternative to lavender
Juniper berry essential oil is a great oil for irritability, tension, and stress if you are not a fan of lavender essential oil. The calming effects of Juniper berry also make it great to calm sore muscles. This essential also makes a great insect repellant. I use this essential oil in my homemade blend. You can check it out here.
Essential Oil Common Name: Juniper Berry
Latin Name: Juniperus communis
Part of Plant Used: Fruit (Berry)
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Notes (Scent and Staying Power): Middle-Top
Safe for Ages: Safe for all ages, but there are some general guidelines when it comes to children and essential oils. But still, use caution when using topically for children under the age of 2. Sensitivities can still occur. Read here on how to do skin patch testing. If you create a blend for yourself, use a quarter of the amount of essential oil for children as a safe guideline. If using this in a bug spray, safely spray on the children’s clothing vs the skin if unsure of any sensitivities.
Safe for Pregnancy: Yes
Safe for Breastfeeding: Yes
Topical Max: There is no topical max for this essential oil, but always dilute before applying it to the skin. Avoid if the essential oil is oxidized.
Shelf Life: 3 Years
Key Therapeutic Properties/Actions: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Calming, Decongestant, Insect Repellant
Contraindications: This essential oil has no known contraindications.
Where to purchase: Juniper Berry here
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Love and Nature,
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