Did you know

To the ancient Germans, Juniper Berry was ‘the Tree of Life’ and its branches were buried with the dead to facilitate their easy journey to Valhalla?

The Dutch were probably the first to flavor gin with juniper and Steffen Arctander, in his book Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, tells us that gin-distillers are large consumers of juniper fruits with many of them choosing to make their own distillates from Juniper Berry tinctures rather than the Juniper Berry oil. The berries are also used to make a variety of beer in Sweden.

If you are interested you can read more about Juniper Berry and some Research on Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry

Latin Binomial: (Juniperus communis)
Family: Cupressaceae
Essential Oil: colorless to pale green essential oil.
Extraction Method: Steam distilled.
Part Used: Berries
Yield: 1 – 2%

Aroma: Fresh, woody, balsamic, peppery, smoky.
Odour intensity: Medium
Perfume Note: Medium
Blends well with: Vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, cypress, clary sage, pine, lavender, rosemary, geranium and citrus oils.
Perfume Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac, purifying, clearing, nerve tonic, reviving, protective, restorative.

Cautions: Skin sensitization if oxidized. Best avoided during pregnancy and by those with kidney disorders.


Juniper Berry has antiseptic, astringent, anti-infectious, anti-arthritic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-rheumatic, carminative, cicatrizant, detoxifying, diuretic, emmenagogue, nervine, parasiticide, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, sudorific and vulnerary properties.


Juniper aids in strengthen spiritual will. This is also a great oil to use to  clear and cleanse negative energies and protect against negative influences.

  • Chakra:   Third Eye
  • TCM Meridian: Liver, Kidney, Bladder, Spleen, Lung and Large Intestine.
  • Ayurveda Doscha: Balances Kapha, decreases Vata, when used in excess increases Pitta.
  • Animal Connection: Cougar
  • Crystal:  Sodalite
  • Color: Indigo
  • Numerology: Juniper 22/4, Juniper Berry 6, Juniperus communis 4
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