juniper tree

    Juniper is a tree.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Juniperus communis; there are between 50 and 67 species of juniper.

    Common name: juniper

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    Family: cupressaceae (cypress)


    Origin: Europe, northern Asia, and northern parts of North America


part used:

    Part Used: The berries, whole, ground, or rubbed through a seive. To prevent loss of essntial oil, juniper berries should not be ground, crushed, or rubbed until just before use. The herb is frequently combined with birch leaf, horsetail, parsley “seed”, or restharrow in herbal diuretic teas.

Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs

nutritional information:

    Juniper berries are horrid tasting, but help stimulate the stomach for digesting food.

astrological correspondences:

    Astrological planet: Sun

magickal correspondences and uses:

    Incense: Juniper incense or herb or berry is appropriate for burning in love spells, such as the Aphrodite New Moon love spell, Hecate black candle love spell, or Isis Full Moon love spell.

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    Choose from six scents:
    Douglas Fir: A cozy wood-smoke scent, reminiscent of campfires.
    Juniper: Subtly sweet, with cinnamon-like undertones.
    Pinon: Has a wonderful smoky “Southwest” aroma.
    Cedar: Distinctively Pacific woods scent, with ginger undertones.
    Sweetgrass: A lovely sweet vanilla-like aroma, and a centering energy.
    White Sage: A rich sage scent, with all the magic of real White Sage leaves.
    Each package contains 40 sticks —.Mountain Rose Herbs

    Juniper incense is the magick incense certain days, based on planetary influences. You may want to burn juniper incense these days. You may substitute a similar incense if you don’t have or don’t like juniper. The juniper incense magick days for 2009 are: January 18, February 21, March 8, date, May 10, June 14, July 19, August 23, October 25, and November 29.

    Solar spells: Juniper (as herb or essential oil) may be used in as an ingredient or substitute for magick spells and formulas related to solar matters (healing, illumination, magickal power, physical energy, protection, success, and putting an end to legal matters). Be careful about substitutions for preparations that will be ingested or come in contact with the skin. These substitutions do not apply to medical uses. See the article on the Sun for a list of herbal substitutes for juniper.

    Using essential oils: Essential oils are just too concentrated and too expensve to use without dilution. If you purchase pure essential oil from a source such as Mountain Rose, you will want to place just a drop or two into a neutral carrier vegetable oil or jojoba. This conservation is typical of the use of essential oils in spells and other magick. It is wise to test a bit of any essential oil on your inner wrist before use. If any irritation occurs, do not use the essential oil. Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets and away from heat and light. See the article on essential oils for detailed information on how to mix and use essential oils.

    Love spells: Juniper flowers (and berries) are appropriate for use in love spells, such as the Aphrodite New Moon love spell.

    Magickal substitutions: Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.

Magical Uses
Juniper: Used in dream pillows as an herb of purification and protection and helpful in spirit quests. Anti-theft, exorcism, health, love.
Juniper Berries: On a diet? Carry juniper berries to help you lose weight. Juniper is also used in spells for protection from theft, and in love spells. Ruling Element: Fire, a good incense ingredient. Used with Thyme in Druid incense for visions. Juniper berries strewn at the door discourages thieves. The mature berries can be strung and hung in the house to attract love. Crush berries in a mortar to release their aroma, mix with cedar or pine needles for a wonderful Winter Solstice incense: burn on charcoal tabs.

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ritual uses:

    Nine Woods: Juniper is one of the nine woods traditionally placed in the traditional Celtic Druid balefire.

deities associated with juniper:

Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.

    Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden.

See also: herbs and trees.

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