Juniper Berry Essential Oil
The Juniper Berry essential oils should not be used during pregnancy because of the uterine stimulant qualities. In fact, tribes of North American natives like the Zunis and Tewa people purposefully burned Juniper berry branches to allow woman in labor, just before childbirth to inhale the Juniper vapors that relaxed the birth canal and muscles to prepare for a good delivery of the child, also believed a tea created from toasted Juniper branches sped the recovery healing the body after childbirth.
Other uses that have been around for a very long time prevented or relieved gout, arthritis pain, treatments for respiratory problems, psoriasis of the scalp, eczema, and less serious skin conditions like oily skin and irritations. Such a powerful antiseptic provides a reliable wash for wounds that protects against infection. Even in powdered form, the Juniper berry essential oil extracted from ripe berries and various other parts of these plants is sprinkled onto a wound for effective treatment.
The Historical Use and Folklore of Juniper Essential Oils
Native American tribal medicine, centered around potent and effective plants used by highly trained medicine men who studied the medicinal effects of their local natural resources. From the Shoshone tribes to the Lakotas, Micmac, Malecite and many others, generations upon generations of tribal leaders found applications to heal and protect their tribesmen and women. Juniper berry essential oils were extracted from berries as well as every part of the plant, roots to bark.
Red Cloud, the chief of the Lakotas used Juniper berry essential oil to cure the epidemic of Asiatic Cholera that nearly wiped out the Lakotas in 1849-1850. Red Cedar and other native Junipers were harvested for purification and ceremonial uses, kidney and bladder ailments, muscle spasms, bloated stomachs, tuberculosis, ulcers, sprains, consumption, and also to maintain the entire tribes’ good health.
Modern Uses of Juniper Essential OiIs
Not a mild medicinal aid, you can see that Juniper Berry Essential Oils need to be treated with precision and care. Certain infusions made from the berries, bark needles, wood, and roots provide very active ingredients.
Medicinal properties are effective against:
- Shigella dysenteriae, a bacteria that contaminates water from human waste in poor countries, causes extreme abdominal pain and dehydration, most harmful to children under 5 years old
- Escherichia coli, (E. Coli), attacks the intestines creating dehydration and bloody diarrhea for 5-10 days.
- Streptococcus spp., Candida albicans, Salmonella spp., Pseuomonas aeruginosa, and other dangerous bacteria that cause disease, Staphylococcus aureus
Scientists use Juniper Berry Essential Oil to developed modern remedies including help for menstrual cramping, chills, upset stomach, aching muscles, increase blood flow, cystitis, and much more. Some scientists believe that essential oils are the new antibiotics of the future.