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Berries, Tips & Wood

Juniperus communis

Juniper berries

Aromatic Note:
Wood = Base note
Tips & Berries = Base to middle note


Over 50 species of Juniper grow across the Northern Hemisphere. They’re considered by many cultures to be scared trees and shrubs.

Female shrubs produce juniper berries.

For incense use, the wood, berries, and dried tips are used.

In Himalayan cultures, Juniper is used for cleansing during spiritual rituals.

Native Americans used Juniper incense to greet guests and to support peyote ceremony.

Threatened Species Alert: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species now includes this species, Juniperus communis.

Status: Least Concern.

Junpier Tips

Juniper tips

Junpier Wood – Cut

Juniper wood - cut


Family: Cupressaceae

Synonyms: none known

Origin: scattered across the entire Northern Hemisphere

Parts Used: wood, tips, dried berries

Aroma Description: warm, woody-sweet, balsamic, pine-needle like notes

Cosmetic Uses: Perfumery, aromatherapy

Culinary Uses: used to flavor gin, beer, liqueurs, and meats.

Medicinal Attributes: antiseptic and diuretic, improves digestion, gas and colic, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the uterus. Used to treat kidney inflammation, rheumatism, arthritis, and neuralgia.

*Warning: Avoid during pregnancy or in cases of present kidney disease or kidney infection*

Essential Oil: Yes, the berries are steam distilled to extract their essential oils. The wood is too but it’s oil much rarer in the marketplace. A Juniper berry resinoid is also made using hydrocarbon solvents. It’s sometimes offered as “Juniper berry concrete.”

Mixes Well With: bay laurel, benzoin, borneol camphor, burgundy pitch, cedar-red, chamomile, elemi, labdanum, lavender, lemon balm, mastic, oakmoss, opoponax, pine needles, pine resin, sage-white, sage-desert, sandalwood, tolu balsam, etc.

Medical Disclaimer: Information on this web site is for entertainment purposes only. This information is NOT intended as medical advice, or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem, or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.


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