Botanical Name: Juniperus communis
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Berries
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Fresh, green, fruity, balsamic undertone
Largest Producing Countries: Bulgaria, France, and Nepal
Traditional Use: Juniper has been used to purify the air, as an insect repellant, and in cases of urinary infections.
Properties: Analgesic, antimicrobial, antiputrefactive, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, sedative, stomachic
Benefits: Acne, amenorrhea, anxiety, cellulite, colds, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, flatulence, fluid retention, hangover, indigestion, influenza, lymph congestion, sciatica, wounds. Diffusing juniper into the air will freshen and disinfect a stale room.
Blends Well With: Black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, elemi, fir needle, lavender, oakmoss, rosemary
Of Interest: Juniper berries have many culinary applications. They are the main flavor ingredient in gin. There are also used to flavor meats and sauces, and they make a wonderful addition to sauerkraut.
Safety Data: Avoid in kidney disease and while pregnant.