Juniper Berry – Juniperus communis – Croatia
Family: Cupressaceae (Conifer family)
Origin: Eastern Europe, Croatia, Italy, Germany, France, India, Canada
Extraction: Steam distilled or CO2 extraction from crushed, dried berries
Volatility: Middle note
Colour: Clear or pale yellow
Aroma: Refreshing, slight fruity, slightly camphoraceous
Monoterpenes (38-70%) – a-pinene, (20-40%), sabinene (9-20%), myrcene (6-8%), limonene (3-6%), terpinene, camphene
Esters (12-20%)– bornyl acetate (10-18%)
Cautions / Safety Data
Do not use if pregnant. Do not use on the skin full strength. Always dilute in appropriate carriers before use. Avoid use with kidney disorders, acute bladder & kidney infections. Not for internal use. If pregnant or suffering from serious medical conditions, consult a qualified health professional, experienced in the use of essential oils.
A very versatile oil which blends well with many oils and can energise a blend.
An inferior and less expensive oil is distilled from the needles and wood or from berries that have been fermented and used for making gin. Any oil from these sources is not recommended for Aromatherapy since it may be quite irritating to the skin.
Essential oils are not meant to be a replacement for traditional medical treatment of diseases and conditions. When in doubt, please consult a physician.