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Juniper Berry, Wildcrafted


Pure, Therapeutic Juniper Berry essential oil, Wildcrafted

Botanical name :   Juniperus communis 

Extraction method / Source :  Steam distillation / Crushed, partially dried ripe berries

Aroma :  Fresh, sweet, balsamic, tenacious

Note classification :  Middle        Odor Intensity :    3

Key constituents :  Alpha-pinene 32 - 35%, sabinene, myrcene, p-cymene,  1,4 cineole, terpinene-4-ol      (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)

Shelf Life:  3 years, if kept in an air tight container away from heat and light.

Plant description :  Botanical family :  Cupressaceae       Juniperus communis is an evergreen bush native to Europe, Asia and the northern hemisphere.  The bush is typically about 2-6 feet in height but sometimes reaches as high as 25 feet.  Male juniper bushes have yellow cones and female bushes have bluish-green cones.  Both have silvery-green leaves which are needle-like.  The green berries take 3 years to ripen to a blue color.  Juniper bushes can live for up to 2000 years.

Regions of Production :  Hungary

Growing Practices :   Plants indigenous to the region are harvested from the wild, away from pesticides or chemical fertilizers. 

Properties :   Analgesic, anti-inflammatory (Schnaubelt, 2011), antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, depurative, detoxicant, rubifacient, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary (Battaglia, 2003).          Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.

Uses / Benefits :  Helps with the treatment of bladder infection or urinary stones (Note: if you have a fever or pus in your urine, seek immediate medical attention). Recommended for weeping eczema, acne and psoriasis. Helps relieve nervousness and mental fatigue. Promotes healthy circulation and warm cold hands and feet.  Also used as a natural fragrance in soaps and skin care products.

Modes of Administration :  Topical :  massage, compress, bath, sitz bath, skin care.    Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.

Fragrant influences:  Juniper Berry essential oil is mood uplifting and refreshing, and it improves mental clarity and memory.  Promotes spiritual purification : helps drive out negative energy.

Safety :  Reported to be non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing.  Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have kidney disease (Battaglia, 2003)

Blends well with :  Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood, Vetiver

History / Fun Facts :   Juniper was commonly burned as ritual incense by the ancient Greeks, Tibetans and Native Americans.  In Greece it was also burned to help combat epidemic diseases.


References :

Battaglia, SalvatoreThe Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia

Cooksley, Valerie GennariAromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal2002. Prentice Hall Press, New York, NY.

International Fragrance Research Association, (January 5, 2016)

Price, ShirleyAromatherapy for Common Ailments, 1991, Gaia Books Ltd., London, England

Schnaubelt, KurtThe Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, 2011. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Tourles, Stephanie L., Hands On Healing Remedies, 2012. Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA.

Williams, David G., The Chemistry of Essential Oils, 1996. Micelle Press, Dorcet, England

Worwood, Valerie AnnThe Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991.  New World Library, Novato, California

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only.  It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.


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