Juniper Berry

img_0367Juniper Berry is used to help stimulate and strengthen the nerves, and evokes a calming, grounding effect due to its fresh and clean woodsy aroma. This crisp essential oil acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying essential oil while also aiding in support of the kidneys and the urinary tract. It is used for treating rheumatism, arthritis, and gout, as well as cellulite, acne, dermatitis, and eczema. Juniper Berry is also known for its ability to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and also acts as a skin toner.

History

Juniper Berry was used against contagious diseases, such as typhoid fever and the plague in Europe and Tibet. The berries could be crushed and made into a poultice and applied to infections. They were also steeped for medicinal teas.

Benefits

The berries of the Juniper tree have been used throughout history for a myriad of issues including the improvement of skin ailments such as acne, eczema, and oily skin. The tonic properties allow for increased cell regeneration and pH balance.  It’s balancing properties don’t stop there. Juniper berries also act as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent and can be taken orally in teas, capsules, or a teaspoon of honey. Medicinal teas with Juniper Berries are often used to aid in improving kidney and liver function.

Uses

Arthritis Poultice

2 drops Juniper Berry
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Spearmint

Directions: Add water to 1 tablespoon of dry clay, making a stiff paste. Work essential oils into the paste and apply mixture to the affected joints. Cover with a bandage and let rest. Best used intermittently.

Face Tonic

3 fl. oz (90 mL) Rosemary Water
1 fl. oz (30 mL) Lavender Water
1 tsp (5 mL) Aloe Vera Liquid
2 drops Juniper Berry
2 drops Geranium
Directions: Combine in a 4oz spray bottle, shake well, and leave to rest for 24+ hours. Shake again, filter through unbleached coffee filter, and store in the fridge.

Restless Anxiety Roller

2 drops Vetiver
4 drops Juniper Berry
6 drops Cedarwood
Carrier Oil 

Directions: Combine all essential oils into a 10ml roller bottle. Top off with desired carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Coconut, or Rosehip). Apply along spine, feet, and pressure points.

Other Uses:

-Diffuse 2-3 drops for treatment of addictions, nervous tension, and to stimulate the nervous system
-Add one to two drops to water or citrus drinks to aid in cleansing
-Add to bath for pain in passing urine, gout, and swollen joints

-Diffuse with citrus oils to purify, freshen and cleanse the air and decrease stress

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Juniper Berry Essential Oil Reviews

“Nice to diffuse when feeling down”~Amy

“This stuff really helps my sore joints”~Ellinor

“I am so glad you carry Juniper Berry. It is one I use all the time.”~ EO Lover

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~The Spark Team~

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School’s Out For Summer (Almost)

I don’t know who I feel worse for, the teachers that have had my children all year long or the fact that school is almost over and I will have them home all day, all summer long.

We really lucked out on the teacher department this year! They have been so wonderful! But now the school year is almost over and I was having a hard time thinking of what to get our wonderful teachers as an end of the school year gift. I like to get them something that they will actually use and I enjoy being more creative than just a gift card (although I usually do include one just because). One of my friend’s made her daughter’s teacher a really cute wood sign and another put together a “date night” basket that had popcorn, candy, movie tickets, and a gift card to a restaurant.

I decided to make a pamper basket for the teachers in our life. I went to Hobby Lobby to find some cute baskets to hold it all and then I came home to get to work.

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What would you put in a pamper basket? Here are the things and the recipes for the things I included.

Frank’s Famous Wrinkle Face Cream

1/4 cup Shea Butter

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

8-10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

8-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Using a double boiler, melt the shea butter and coconut oil together until liquid. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. Mix in the Frankincense and Lavender.  Wait for it to start to harden then whip until smooth.

Rejuvenating Bath Salts

1 cup Epsom Salt

1/2 cup Baking Soda

7-10 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil

7-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Combine all the ingredients in a jar. That’s it! So simple! You can add some food coloring if you would like.

Summer Lovin’ Leg Lotion

3/4 cup Coconut Oil

1/4 cup Shea Butter

1 tsp Witch Hazel

1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil

7-8 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

7-8 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil

7-8 drops Lavender Essential Oil

7-8 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

4-5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil

7-8 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

Place all of the ingredients in a stand mixer. Coconut oil should be soft but not liquid form. Whip until fluffy and then place in a cute jar. Side note: Carrot seed can be used as a natural sunscreen! Bonus!

Vanilla Grapefruit Himalayan Salt Scrub

1 cup Coconut Oil

1 cup Himalayan Salt

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

30 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

Place coconut oil in a glass bowl and melt. Add the salt and stir. You will need to stir every ten minutes or so until it becomes cool, you don’t want to lose all the great properties of the oil. Don’t let the salt settle to the bottom. Once cool, add the Grapefruit and Vanilla. Keep stirring, stirring, stirring, stirring. Place in a jar and enjoy!

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Don’t forget about the Anniversary Sale where you can get up to 30% off of single oils, blends, kits, and salves! Plus, get free shipping on all orders over $15! Best time to order and make your favorite teacher some really thoughtful, useful gifts!

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Essential Oils & Fibromyalgia – Did You Know This?

Essential Oils and Fibromyalgia – Many massage therapists know from experience that those who suffer from this painful disease can potentially find relief by using Essential Oils in various forms of treatment.

Depression? Let Nature Help

Do you struggle with Depression?

Unfortunately, for some people this is a daily struggle. While it is VERY important to speak with a professional about your feelings, essential oils can also play a supportive role.

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In The Fragrant Mind, Valerie Worwood recommends this blend:
-10 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
-10 drops Cedarwood essential oil
-5 drops Frankincense essential oil
-5 drops Geranium essential oil

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To Use: You can dilute in 1oz of carrier oil for a massage oil, use a few drops of the blend in a bath, or simply add to a diffuser per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Remember, it is most important to get help! You’re worth it!! We promise.

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