Origin: Temperate Northern Hemisphere

Family: Cupressaceae
Scientific Name: Juniperus communis

Folk Names: Enebro, Gemeiner Wachholder, Geneva, Gin Berry, Ginepro, Gin Plant


Element: Fire
Day: Thursday
Planet: Mars
Zodiac: Aries
Associated Celebrations: WinSol
Deities: Hecate

Parts Used: Leaves, berries

Magical Properties: Protection, love, exorcism, health, cleansing

Substitutions: Pine, cedar, illyarrie, boobialla (native juniper, myoporum insulare)

Magical Uses


Part Used: Fruit
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 38°C

Scent Type: Woody
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Woody-balsamic

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Antiseptic. Calms anxiety, stress, and insomnia.



Juniperus is a genus of 50-67 coniferous trees and shrubs

Type: Evergreen tree/shrub
Plant size: 30cm-8m
Leaves: Green needle-like leaves up to 2.5cm long
Flowers: Male flowers are very small catkins (flower spikes with minimal/no petals), female flowers are small and berry-like.
Fruit: Spherical berry-like cones, 4-12mm in diameter, which ripen over 18 months to a purple-black with a blue waxy coating.

Etymology: From Latin iuniperus “the juniper tree”

In the Garden

Type: Evergreen tree/shrub
Light: Bright light
Water: Do not over-water
Soil: Well-draining alkaline to neutral soil