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Juniper berry oil is often abbreviated JBO and is derived from the juniper plant. Juniper essential oil JEO is also another common reference for the oil. Juniper berries resemble blueberries; but in actual fact, juniper berries are seeds not berries. Belonging to the pine family, juniper is an evergreen shrub that is native to Southwest Asia, Europe and North America. Juniper essential oil that is extracted from the berries is the most potent.
This oil has medicinal benefits and is highly beneficial in aromatherapy. Ancient civilizations like the Greeks used juniper for spiritual events like dealing with epidemics. Other interesting ancient applications included use during childbirth by Zuni Indians to reduce pain and kill microbes. Juniper was burnt as incense to ward off evil spirits and to purify the mind, body and soul.
Juniper essential oil is extracted from crushed dry ripe fruits through steam distillation. There are many chemical components in this oil that are responsible for the many medicinal and therapeutic benefits. The oil constituents include linalyl acetate, linalool, camphor, limonene, myrcene, sabinene, b-pinene, camphene, a-pinene; the list goes on. These constituents have many properties including being antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, sudorific, stimulant, depurative; among others.
With the above in mind, juniper oil has many merits and according to research findings, it can help calm the nerves and get rid of anxiety when diffused in the air. It can assist with urine passage for those with kidney stones among other conditions. It also helps tackle fluid retention, cellulite, digestive issues, period pain, weight loss and many more.
This oil has been incorporated in lotions and creams to tackle problems like eczema, acne, dandruff and so on. With so many benefits, let us focus on two major problems that juniper oil could help treat or prevent: weight loss and cellulite. There have been many claims that juniper oil can help you lose weight and get rid of your unsightly cellulite; the information below seeks to delve into facts to find out whether this oil can help.
Losing weight is never easy; you have to put in place the right measures and observe a high level of discipline to achieve success. Can juniper oil help you cut the extra weight?
It turns out that it can; through aromatherapy. Studies have found that reducing your level of stress and anxiety helps you curb your appetite. JEO is effective in stimulating your mind and spirit to help you feel better. Late night snacking and overindulging can be managed this way. When you eat less junk and the right portions, you can be sure to boost healthy weight and promote weight loss. If you have been relying on willpower to stay away from the wrong foods, try diffusing some high quality juniper oil with a nebulizing diffuser. This is a more sustainable way to train your body on healthy eating habits.
Before looking at the effect of juniper oil on cellulite, it is good to understand what cellulite is and how it forms. Cellulite is characterized by fat deposits beneath the skin. To this end, the affected skin forms lumpy sections and dimpling; especially on the thighs, hips, buttocks and stomach. This condition is directly related to weight gain or excessive deposits of fat in the body. Cellulite is an inflammatory condition that alters the natural formation of the connective tissues. Juniper oil is packed with anti-inflammatory properties where skin is concerned. This means that the oil can restore injured skin from within; there are scientific studies that have proven the benefits of JEO for cellulite. Having said this, you need a high quality blend of juniper oil to manage cellulite.
It is very easy to make your own cellulite cream using JEO. Enriching the cream with other oils and components helps create an even more effective concoction. You need to following ingredients to get started;
All you need is to blend all the above ingredients in a blender. Get a sealable jar to store your cellulite cream. You can apply this cream on cellulite sites at least once a day. In addition to improving the appearance of cellulite, this cream will also promote smooth supple skin. You can therefore choose to use the cream as a butter for your skin.
This oil can be added to many essential oils to create a worthy blend. However, there are oils that go particularly well together with juniper and they are clary sage, lemongrass, vetiver, lime, bergamot, lavender, grapefruit, geranium, cypress and cedarwood. These oils come with all manner of benefits from relieving anxiety to helping you reduce appetite for weight loss. In addition to diffusing, juniper oil can be used in baths, lotions and compresses.
Like with all essential oils, it is paramount to use juniper in moderation. Follow all the guidelines provided by the manufacturer. Generally, this oil is not toxic and most people can use it. However, it has been found to stimulate the uterine muscle and to this effect, use during pregnancy is highly discouraged. To test if you are allergic, use the oil on a small portion of skin. All essential oils must be diluted properly with a carrier oil before topical use.
Always buy high quality essential oil if you want to enjoy therapeutic benefits therein. Juniper oil extracted from the ‘berries’ is more superior or potent compared to the oil extracted from the branches or other parts. The oil comes with a fresh woody scent and is pale in color: the viscosity is watery. Buy this oil from a reputable company. Get some information on how they extract the oil to get a clear picture of how the product is produced. Do some due diligence and read customer reviews. Compare various products and buy what suits you most. Before buying, find out whether the oil is blended with other oils. Get to know all the components thereof if any. This way, you should be able to purchase quality juniper oil.
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