Juniper Berry Essential oil
The Juniper Berry Essential oil can be a great tonic for the skin. It is used in aromatherapy for the detoxifying, cleansing properties and is effective at soothing a variety of skin ailments. The oil is often used for skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis but is also helpful for other less common skin complaints like cellulite and scar healing. One of the most important properties with Juniper berry oil is that it revs up circulation. It gets the blood flowing to the skin to aid the skin renew the cells and oxygenates them, leaving skin radiant.
Historically the Juniper Berry together with its leaves and branches have been used since ancient times when the plant was believed to possess the power to ward off evil spirits, negative forces and illnesses. These parts were also used for cleansing and purifying the mind, body and spirit. Juniper branches and berries were burned in Sumeria and Babylonia as a sacrifice to the gods and considered sacred to the Sumerian goddess Inanna and her successor, the Semitic goddess Ishtar. In ancient Egypt and Tibet, juniper was highly prized as a medicine and as an ingredient in religious incense. A remedy to treat tapeworms was discovered in Egypt on a papyrus which dated back to 1550 BC. Since that time, the indigenous peoples of many cultures have used juniper to treat a wide range of conditions.