Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Fun fact: Juniper was once considered to have the power to restore lost youth.
Juniper berry was one of the first aromatics used in ancient civilization, and has a colorful history of use. The ancient Greeks burned juniper branches to combat epidemics. The English burned it as well, and hoped its magical powers would repel evil spirits, witches, and demons. Ancient Egyptians anointed corpses with juniper oil, and used the berries in cosmetics and perfumes. Europeans regarded juniper oil as a miracle cure for typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and tapeworms. Many cultures today still value juniper's many benefits. Tibetans still revere juniper and use it as a purification incense, while Native Americans burn it in their cleansing ceremonies. Holistic medicine also embraces juniper, and considers it a highly versatile and therapeutic oil.
Mixes well with: Atlas cedarwood, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lime, myrrh, orange, palmarosa, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, tangerine, and tea tree.
Parts used: Dried, crushed, or slightly dried ripe fruit.
Extraction method: Steam distillation.
Safety Information: For external or aromatherapeutic use only. Avoid if pregnant. Do not use if diagnosed with kidney problems.