Juniper is a native species of many northern countries and has a long history of medicinal use. It has stimulant, tonic, and antiseptic properties. It is beneficial in the treatment of stress and sleeplessness. In cases of debility, it helps by acting as a tonic for the digestion and boosting the appetite.
Juniper seems to be beneficial to the digestive system, the female reproductive system and the menstrual cycle. It also helps regulate problem skin and is favoured by therapists in the treatment of acne, eczema, dermatitis and haemorrhoids. It helps disperse uric acid build-up and is therefore useful in the treatment of gout and other joint problems. It is good stress-reliever, especially when used in the bath, and has a mild diuretic action which indicates its use in cystitis. Juniper also acts as an appetite stimulant, and is often used to get rid of intestinal parasites. It can be used in massage and baths.
Juniper stimulates uterine contractions and therefore should not be used in pregnancy. It should also be avoided by those with kidney disease. Generally non-toxic, but it may be slightly irritant.
The highly perfumed lavender is a native species of the Mediterranean but has long been popular as a garden plant in Britain and many other countries. It has antiseptic, tonic, and relaxing properties and the essential oil used in aromatherapy is obtained by subjecting the flowers to a process of steam distillation. It is considered to be one of the safest preparations and is used in the treatment of a wide range of disorders.
Lavender is an appetite stimulant, a tonic and an antispasmodic. It is particularly effective in the treatment of minor burns and scalds, wounds, sores and varicose ulcers, and is generally one of the most versatile and widely used oils for healing. It also has a strong antiseptic effect and is employed in many cosmetic preparations and as an insect repellent. It is also used in the treatment of muscular aches and pains, respiratory problems, influenza, digestive problems, and genito-urinary problems such as cystitis and dysmenorrhoea. Its soothing effect is recommended for headaches and pre-menstrual tension. Lavender is a very safe oil and can even be applied undiluted to the skin.