|Aroma and taste :
||Extremely dry, almost musty, and bittersweet in aroma. The flavor is almost woody and the astringency causes contraction of the tissue in the mouth. Diluted, it is still very dry but not uncomfortably astringent – in fact; it’s a lot like really dry gin!
|Stability and Shelf Life :
||Relatively unstable. Often less than twelve months, and rarely up to fourteen months. Despite its fairly low pH, juniper berry is very prone to bloom and must be carefully monitored.
Properties and Applications
A powerful diuretic, whether used topically or internally. It contracts tissue, pushing out intracellular fluid, and promotes kidney function. It is also a circulatory stimulant but does not seem to affect blood pressure. This is the hydrosol to use for gout, edema, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, and any water-retention-related issues. Try combining it with cypress or goldenrod. However, because of its powerful diuretic qualities, it should not be used by people with serious kidney problems or an overactive bladder. The body will not be able to excrete the fluid volumes being processed. This is a good choice for a cleanse or as part of a weight-loss program; use alone or in a blend both internally and topically. Juniper is cleansing and detoxifying to both the physical and the etheric body. For cellulite, try a three-week protocol internally and combine it with topical compresses of juniper, cypress, and immortelle hydrosols undiluted. A daily sea-salt scrub or dry brushing will also help. If weight loss is the aim, blend juniper, cypress, peppermint, and sage. This mix will improve circulation, cleanse, aid digestion and elimination, and help control the appetite. In skin care, juniper berry is useful for oily or acneic conditions. Use undiluted as a toner after washing with a mild cleanser. Mix it with red clay for a mask and add two drops of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) or lemon essential oil. If the face is very puffy, combine juniper and yarrow or German chamomile hydrosols with green or blue clay and two or three drops of the essential oil of any of the three. Highly energetic, juniper berry is one of the best for vibrational work. Delicious in cooking, in marinades, sauces, and gravies.