Juniperus recurva (Drooping Juniper) is a juniper native to the
Himalaya, from northern Pakistan east to western Yunnan in
It grows at 3,000-4,000 m altitude. It is a large shrub or tree
reaching 6-20 m tall (rarely 25 m), with a trunk up to 2 m diameter
and a broadly conical to rounded or irregular crown. The leaves are
needle-like, 5-10 mm long, arranged in six ranks in alternating
whorls of three. The cones are berry-like, globose to ovoid, 5-10
mm long and 4-7 mm diameter, glossy blue-black, and contain one
seed; they are mature in about 18 months. The male cones are 3-4 mm
long, and shed their pollen in early spring. It is largely
monoecious with pollen and seed cones produced on the same plants.
The outer scales of the berries are relatively flavourless, so the
berries are almost always at least lightly crushed before being
used as a spice. They are used both fresh and dried, but their
flavour and odour is at their strongest immediately after harvest
and decline during drying and storage.
An essential oil extracted from juniper berries is used in
aromatherapy and perfumery.
Juniper berry Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Juniperus Recurva
Plant Part: Berries & twigs
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Pale yellow
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: clary sage, sandalwood, bergamot, geranium, marjoram. rosemary,
Aromatic Scent: Juniper Berry has a fresh, rich-balsamic, woody-sweet and pine
needle-like odor reminiscent of evergreen oils.
History: In traditional Indian medicine, the oil is applied externally to
relieve rheumatic pain to counterac lopecia; as a styptic and to
Common Uses: Juniper Berry essential oil is credited as being a supportive,
restoring, and tonic aid. Good oil for meditation. Popular oil in
weight loss and detox blends, because it is diuretic, and
considered purifying and clearing
Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant. Avoid during pregnancy. Certification:
Australian Certified Organic.
GENERAL SAFETY INFORMATION: Caution should be taken when using Essential Oils. Do not use any
oils without consultation from a qualified aroma therapy
practitioner. All Essential Oils should be kept out of the reach of
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