About Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil
This particular variety of juniper, an ancient and long-lived species with living trees almost 2,000 years old, is high in the monoterpene sabinene, one of the chemical compounds that is responsible for the spiciness of black pepper. This sacred tree also has a rich ethnobotanical history, with relatives throughout the world that are used for a wide range of healing and ceremonial purposes.
When inhaled through direct palm inhalation or diffused, richly balsamic and woody-sweet juniper essential oil works to support clear breathing, detoxification and cleansing. Employed this way, along with therapeutic massage, juniper oil supports the wellness of our bodies water system as well as the detoxification of our skin.
A world class detoxifier, juniper essential oil can be topically applied to improve skin health. Its cleansing properties encourage joint and muscle health, and makes an excellent addition to your massage oils. Juniper essential oil, applied over the abdomen, can also aid in detoxification from overindulgence in eating and drinking. Diffused, it can nourish and restore optimal working nerves, enhancing calm and relaxation.
Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil Profile
Ethically wild-harvested from Colorado and expertly-distilled from the entire aerial parts of the tree, this fine juniper oil is rich with complex coniferous, sweet, and fruity notes.
How to Use Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil
- Direct Palm Inhalation: Inhale a drop of our Rocky Mountain Juniper — this oil is a wonderful tool for clearing and relaxing the mind. Gently rub the palms together, bring them towards your face and take a deep inhalation....it is like a burst of fresh air.
Other Ways to Use Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil
Juniper is a valuable essential oil and can be applied topically, through direct inhalation, or diffused.
- For skin health, mix one drop in your facial moisturizer.
- Can also be used as a compress to support comfortable muscles and joints after strenuous or repetitive activity.
- Blend up to a 5% dilution in a massage oil and massage gently into skin to support healthy water metabolism.
- To support a healthy bladder/urinary system, add a few drops to warm bath water or sitz bath.
Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil Recipes
- Water Balance Blend: 8 drops juniper berry essential oil, 4 drops cypress essential oil, 4 drops geranium essential oil, 4 drops rosemary essential oil and 2 drops lavender essential oil in 15 mL of jojoba oil.
- Comfortable Joint Blend: 8 drops juniper essential oil, 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus essential oil, 4 drops rosemary essential oil, 4 drops marjoram essential oil and 2 drops ginger essential oil in 15 mL of calendula-infused olive oil.
Interesting Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil Information
Juniperus scopulorum is native to the Rocky Mountains and extends from British Columbia south to Mexico. The species is found on low mountain slopes, canyon bottoms, and dry, exposed sites over a wide range of elevation. A smattering of the species going south to Mexico indicates a much wider distribution in earlier geologic times.
The berries of this particular variety of juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) were widely used by North American Native tribes to manage asthma and to treat a variety of illnesses and pain. The fresh berries were eaten, and the leaves and inner bark were boiled and infused as a tea to treat cough and fevers.
Juniper was commonly burned as incense and a fumigant by ancient Greeks. The fruit is not a berry at all, but a portion of the cone, which takes three years to mature. They have been used traditionally by the Zuni Indians to assist in childbirth and by Tibetans and native Americans for ceremonial purposes.
Juniper essential oil is used as a culinary fragrance component and is the aromatic agent in Gin. All the of juniper bush can be distilled, however the ripe berries are considered the most therapeutic part of the plant.
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Safety Considerations for Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil
Do not take juniper essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Odor: Fresh yet warm, terpenic, bittersweet, woody, conifer
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Mild to medium
- Dry-out: Sweet, resinous, fir-needle, balsamic
- Blends Well With: Citrus oils such as bergamot essential oil, grapefruit essential oil and lime essential oil; conifer oils such as cedar wood essential oil, cypress essential oil and pine essential oil; also geranium essential oil, clary sage essential oil and vetiver.
- Botanical Name: Juniperus scopulorum
- Family: Cupressaceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Rocky Mountain Juniper Essential Oil
- Origin: Colorado
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild-harvested
- Plant Part: Aerial parts
- Color: Clear to pale yellow
- Consistency: Thin
- Yield: ~1.5%
- Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)