Juniperus communis L.
Juniper is an evergreen shrub that can grow up naturally to be 30 feet tall. It has blue-green needle-like leaves, small yellow flowers and produces a dark blue berry. Juniper oil can be extracted from the berries, as well as the needles and twigs. The oils of the berries are the most potent for their antiseptic qualities. When using juniper oil, it leaves a rich woodsy smell which is a great replacement for the marketed pine wood cleaners. Juniper oil also works well to prevent fleas and ticks on you, your pets and in the home.
Aroma: fresh, rich, warm
Blends with: bergamot, basil, sage,lavender, peppermint, citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary and thyme
Properties: antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent
Uses:clean and purify air, acne, colds, flu, gout, hemorrhoids, obesity, rheumatism, skin clarifier, urinary system support, anxiety, eczema
Methods of Use: diffuser, burner, vaporizer, few drops in sitz or foot bath, diluted in carrier oil
Cautions: possible skin sensitivity, avoid during pregnancy (can stimulate uterine muscle)