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If you suffer from painful or arthritic joints and do not like taking too many tablets then give juniper oil a try mixed with baby oil. Although the effects are not long lasting the effects are instant and does a very good job of relieving painful and stiff joints without taking tablets. Juniper Oil has been used by several members of my family for common problems such as arthritis, sprains and muscle injuries/ stiffness. You can buy Juniper Essential oil from health shops such as Holland and Barrett, it has a lovely fresh smell, which is not too strong and over powering and it comes in a green orange and blue box . The bottle has a small black plastic lip which is very easy to open with a plastic top inside that drips the oil out slowly so you only pour just what is needed and reduces waste. It comes in a 10ml bottle and is usually sold for around £5 to £6, which seems quite expensive but as you only use a very small amount each time it lasts a long time. The baby oil can be of any make and can usually be brought from you local supermarket or pharmacy, the price of this depends on the brand you buy however I tend to find that Superdrug's own make is much cheaper at only 99p for a 300ml bottle and is just as effective as a more expensive brand. The Recipe Mix 5 or 6 drops of juniper oil in a small spray bottle (one of the small plastic holiday spray bottle from superdrug is ideal and can be brought very cheaply) with baby oil, fill the small spray bottle up with baby oil as you only need a small amount of Juniper Oil compared to the baby oil, and spay on to the painful joint/ muscles, massage the oil in and the relief is instant, do not apply the Juniper Oil neat. Advantage Gives instant relief to the painful areas affected The spray bottle and baby oil can be brought very cheaply The Juniper Oil is a little more expensive however such a small amount is needed each time (5 or 6 drops added to the spray bottle full of baby oil) that it last a very long time making it economical. Disadvantages Although the relief is instant the effects are not very long lasting May the leave the effected area slightly greasy if the oil mixture is not rubbed into the skin thoroughly. My mum suffers badly with arthritic joints due to a condition call lupus causing her joints to be very painful and swollen, she always keeps a bottle in her handbag for emergencies, I know she has found it invaluable when on holiday or days out giving her instant relief should her joints become too painful. Its an excellent natural remedy and an alternative to tablets, I would recommend anyone gives this a go for relief to painful joints and muscles.
There are more than fifty different species of juniper tree so you need to know the latin name of the one that produces genuine, quality, juniper essential oil, before you go to buy it. It is very common to find this oil mixed with other oils, or even turps to make it go further. Smell the oil and only buy from a reputable dealer (this rule applies to all essential oils.) This oil is steam distilled from the berries of the juniperis communis tree. The aroma is clear, sharp and spicey and it is often used commercially as a base for aftershaves. The oil is colourless to pale yellow but darkens with age. USES: +++++ Purifying and settling emotional effect. It is said to help the mind get rid of past worries and let go. Helps eliminate fluids and toxic waste from the body. Temporary relief from rheumatism and arthritis. Helps PMS. Gout. Helps clear urinary infections. Lowers blood pressure (do not use if you have low blood pressure already.) How to use: +++++++++++ Use for massage if mixed with a carrier oil, or cream. A warm compress can help relieve pain in arthritis and rheumatism. Warning: ++++++++ Do not use if pregnant as juniper is an abortifacient. Do not use if you have liver or kidney problems as it has a diuretic action. Never take internally. Do not apply neat. Do not exceed recommended amount as burning can occur. Verdict: ++++++++ Not an oil that I would recommend to untrained users. You have to use this oil is the correct way as it can cause problems in some people. It affects the kidneys and liver, so too much, or incorrect useage could cause problems in that area. If you have already had an sort of kidney or liver problem it isn't wise to use this without advice. If you want to use this oil, especially for the relief of art hritis I would suggest that you ask a professional for advice first. Incidentally, although I don't normally use this oil, I have heard from a couple of people that it does help arthritic pain.
Juniper a very versatile oil and very underrated in this country. I mainly use it for beauty treatments, but there are a whole host of other uses too. Juniper EO is made from the berries (which are probably best known for flavouring gin!) and has a bright, clean and fresh smell, not unlike gin. Its main properties are that it is purifying, antiseptic, a tonic, astringent, diuretic and has an anti-parastitic action. My favourite use is as an anti-cellulite treatment. A few drops in some sunflower oil (10 drops to about 25ml of oil) makes a very high quality anti-cellulite treatment. You could make it even better by adding a drop of cypress and one of grapefruit too, but just the juniper on its own, massged in twice a day should show some results (and is an awful lot cheaper to try out than anything you buy in the shops). Another treatment I've found hugely effective is to mix a few drops in grapeseed oil as a treatment for very oily/acne skin. Massage a tiny bit of the mixture (3 drops in a teaspoonful of oil) into oily areas at night. Away from the beauty scene, juniper is a good treatment for eczema, especially the kind that weeps. The oil can be added to baths for any skin disorder of that type, or just mixed into any emollient cream you're already using. It's also good for chest infections and the ancients used to burn the oil to purify the air and prevent the spread of disease (I can't vouch that this works but it can't hurt to try!). Never make up large batches of any aromatherapy products, by the way, they go 'off' quite quickly. (they won't hurt you but they will be much less effective) Juniper is also well-known as an emmenagogue (promotes menstruation), which, of course, means you should never use it if you're pregnant or hoping to be pregnant. In fact a mixture of juniper and pennyroyal was the time honoured abortificant of the old wise wom en of yesteryear. Feminist commentators have since suggested that some of the doubtful reputation the plant has since acquired has been down to medical men trying to dissuade women from using it in case they 'misused' it. Like so many oils now, you do need to be careful that you're getting the real thing. Ideally, only buy something that's labelled 'juniper berry' or says quite clearly that it's made from the berries. Oil can be distilled from juniper wood, but that is far more irritating to the skin and far fewer beneficial properties. It's also not unknown for the oil to be diluted with turps - again, let your nose be your guide and buy only from reputable companies to avoid this. Juniper has recently gained a reputation for being irritating to the skin. In fact, for most people, it's one of the least problematic, although using adulterated oil would certainly be far too harsh for most people
Because of Juniper's 'cleansing' properties, it is to be used with extreme caution during pregnancy in case it brings about premature labour. It is an extremely useful emmenagogue, which means it promotes the onset of menstruation. Used in ancient Greece to combat epidemics, oil of Juniper was also supposedly used in a cholera outbreak in 1856 and smallpox epidemic in 1870. For physical ailments it is useful in the treatment of rheumatism or sports injuries becasue of it's analgesic properties. It also has an antiseptic action. (It is used in men's aftershave / toners). Juniper does have rather an unpleasant, or at least, unusual aroma, therefore it is not going to be to everyone's liking. Not the sort of oil you burn in oil burners just from the fragrance, it does however have a number of therapeutic uses.
This oil can be quite dodgy as if it used on or around pregnant women it can in fact trigger labour! I was very tempted to use it when my first child was late! But I didn’t of course! I suffered instead – only joking!!! (I had plenty of drugs!) Juniper is a bit on the expensive side, however it is great for aching joints and muscles and a great germ killer. Other attributes include the relief of PMT and menstrual problems, but there are other oils that do just the same job but less expensive!