Juniper Berry Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, & Recipes

Winter can be such a magical time of year, especially when everything is covered in fresh snow. Living in Wisconsin, I have the privilege of witnessing deer and squirrels frolicking in the winter wonderland surrounding me. One of my favorite things on these winter walks is the bright blue Juniper tree berries. These berries are not only visually stunning, but they also hold incredible benefits in the form of essential oils. I bring nature into my home when I use Juniper Berry Essential Oil for my aches and pains, skincare, and natural insect repellent. Whether you’re looking to reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, or improve your skin’s appearance, Juniper Berry Essential Oil is the perfect addition to your essential oil collection.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil Extraction

Have you ever wondered how essential oils are extracted from certain plants? The extraction process for Juniper Berry Essential Oil is specifically through steam distillation. This involves passing steam through the juniper plant’s berries and twigs, separating the oil from the plant material. The oil is highly concentrated and potent, making it a popular ingredient in aromatherapy, perfumes, and more. Using steam distillation ensures that the essential oil is pure and retains all its natural properties, giving it a wide range of potential health benefits.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil Benefits

Promotes Rejuvenation

Juniper Berry Essential Oil boasts numerous benefits, including promoting skin rejuvenation. A study (1) has shown that Juniper Berry Essential Oil displays remarkable wound healing and anti-inflammatory activities. The fact that it’s all-natural makes it an even more attractive option for those seeking better skin health.


One of Juniper’s most notable benefits is its ability to detoxify the body. Its natural properties help eliminate toxins and impurities in the body, promoting better health and well-being. Moreover, a study (2) showed that Juniper Berry Essential Oil contains strong antioxidants that protect cells against the harmful effects of free radicals.

Aids Digestion

Juniper Berry offers is also beneficial in aiding digestion. The same study (1) mentioned above has shown that the oil acts as a diuretic, promoting the body’s natural process of flushing out excess fluids.


Juniper Berry Essential Oil is a powerhouse for cleaning your home. It supports a brighter home and is backed by scientific research (3) showing its amazing bactericidal and strong fungicidal activities. And who doesn’t want their home to be rid of bacteria and fungus? Juniper’s aroma is also refreshing and invigorating, making it a perfect addition to any cleaning solution.

Promotes Rest

Juniper Berry Essential Oil offers incredible benefits in promoting a good night’s rest. If you struggle with insomnia or fatigue, this could be the natural solution you have been searching for. A comprehensive review (4) showed that Juniper Berry Essential Oil can help encourage healthy sleep patterns, enabling you to enjoy sweet dreams throughout the night.

Soothes Muscles

Juniper Berry is a perfect solution for tight muscles and inflammation. With its soothing and relaxing properties, it helps soothe muscle tension so you can unwind and relax. A study (5) has shown that this essential oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits, making it an ideal solution for stiff or sore muscles.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil Uses & Recipes

Skincare Recipes

Juniper Berry Essential Oil is a natural wonder when it comes to skincare. Its skin-rejuvenating properties make it a great addition to any skincare recipe. It will leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated and help you relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

Juniper Berry Essential Oil is a must-have for creating the perfect diffuser blend recipe to help you relax before bed. Its soothing and calming properties make it the ideal choice for creating a peaceful environment.

Pet-Friendly Recipes

Juniper Berry Essential Oil can be incorporated into a variety of pet-friendly recipes. This oil is safe for pets, so you can rest easy knowing you’re treating your beloved fur babies with only the best ingredients.

What Juniper Berry Essential Oil Blends Well With

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The crisp, woody, sweet, and earthy with a gentle fruity note aroma of Juniper Berry Essential Oil blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Fir Needle, Grapefruit, Bay (Laurel Leaf), Blood Orange, Black Pepper, and Spearmint Essential Oils.

Simply Earth Blends That Use Juniper Berry

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Clear Skin Blend

Aroma: Fresh & Medicinal

Clear Skin Essential Oil Blend comprises Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Juniper Berry, and Lemon Essential Oils, and each creates clear and healthy skin.

Also Available: Clear Skin Essential Oil Roll-on

Relief Blend

Aroma: Herbaceous

Try using Relief Essential Oil Blend to help soothe discomfort.

Also Available: Relief Essential Oil Roll-on

Veins Blend

Aroma: Sweet & Woody

Veins Essential Oil Blend comprises pure essential oils, including Juniper Berry, that work together to improve your skin’s appearance while boosting your blood circulation.

Also Available: Veins Essential Oil Roll-on

Science Behind Juniper Berry Essential Oil

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History of Juniper Berry Essential Oil

This oil has been special in spiritual and medicinal practices for centuries. In ancient times, juniper was thought to have protective properties, guarding against evil spirits, negative forces, and illnesses. In Egypt and Tibet, it was highly revered for its medicinal qualities and used in religious incense. Even further back in history, in 1550 BCE, it was discovered to be an effective treatment for tapeworms. Throughout the world, Indigenous people have also used this oil for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from urinary infections to respiratory and rheumatic conditions.

Chemical Constituents


α-Pinene is an organic compound found in the oils of many species of coniferous trees, notably the pine. It is an anti-inflammatory and is likely antimicrobial. It is also known to aid memory and increase alertness.


Sabinene is isolated from the essential oils of a variety of plants. It is one of the chemical compounds that contributes to the spiciness of black pepper and is a major constituent of carrot seed oil.


β-Pinene is a monoterpene, an organic compound found in plants. It has a woody-green, pine-like smell.

What Earthies Are Saying About This Oil

Check out our Earthies’ experience using Juniper Berry Essential Oil.

Things to Remember When Using Juniper Berry Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This essential oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on cats. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Juniper Berry Essential Oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post.

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Where to Buy Juniper Berry Essential Oil

When it comes to purchasing essential oils, it’s important to know you’re getting a product that is pure and free of any synthetic or artificial fragrances. At Simply Earth, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality Juniper Berry Essential Oil that meets these standards. We go straight to the source, buying directly from the farm, so you don’t have to worry about middlemen or markups. Plus, with every purchase, 13% goes toward a cause we believe in – fighting human trafficking. So not only can you feel good about the quality of your purchase, but you can also feel good about making a difference with your dollars.

  1. Tumen I, Süntar I, Keleş H, Küpeli Akkol E. A therapeutic approach for wound healing by using essential oils of cupressus and juniperus species growing in Turkey. 2012
  2. Höferl M, Stoilova I, Schmidt E, Wanner J, Jirovetz L, Trifonova D, Krastev L, Krastanov A. Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis L.) Essential Oil. Action of the Essential Oil on the Antioxidant Protection of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Model Organism. 2014 Feb
  3. Pepeljnjak S, Kosalec I, Kalodera Z, Blazević N. Antimicrobial activity of juniper berry essential oil (Juniperus communis L., Cupressaceae). 2005 Dec
  4. Babar Ali, Naser Ali Al-Wabel, Saiba Shams, Aftab Ahamad, Shah Alam Khan, Firoz Anwar, Essential oils used in aromatherapy: A systemic review, 2015 Aug
  5. Raina R, Verma PK, Peshin R, Kour H. Potential of Juniperus communis L as a nutraceutical in human and veterinary medicine. 2019 Aug