Plant/part: Bush/berries (source: hungary, france, italy, yugoslavia and canada)
Latin name: Juniperus communis
Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma: Clear, refreshing and slightly woody.
Properties: An oil with astringent, antiseptic, and detoxifying properties, juniper is said to exert a cleansing effect on the mental and spiritual planes as well as on the physical. Has a cleansing effect on the body, used in many masculine perfumes, after shaves and colognes, and has a calming effect on the emotions. Reputed to strengthen the immune system.
Well known for its detoxifying character, driving out toxins particularly when too much alcohol and rich food has been imbibed. Clears mucous from the intestines and could be effective against piles. Generally beneficial to the digestive system, regulating appetite and may be helpful for obesity. A tonic to the liver, has been known to help cirrhosis.
Chemical constituents: Pinene, myrcene, borneol, camphene, thujene, termenic alcohol.
Precautions: Flammable, prolonged use may overstimulate the kidneys. Warning: juniper should not be used when pregnant.
Blends: Benzoin, bergamot, cypress, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, orange, lemongrass, lime, melissa, rosemary, sandalwood.