Juniperus communis is a small bushy shrub native to cool temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere and may have one of the widest distributions of any woody plant. The fruit of the shrub are berry-like cones and not actually true berries. The small seed cones have very fleshy & merged scales that give it a berry-like appearance. Our Indian juniper berry essential oil is steam distilled from the "berries" of the plant.
Juniper Berry has a fresh, rich, balsamic scent reminiscent of pine needles. Other types of Juniper have a sharp Gin-like smell.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil is non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Contact with eyes should be avoided. Avoid use during pregnancy.
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Juniper Berry has traditionally been used as an aromatic aid to meditation, and had remedial applications. Western American Indian tribes combined the berries of Juniperus communis with Berberis root bark in a herbal tea. Native Americans also used juniper berries as a female contraceptive.