Botanical Name: Juniperus communis
The fruits should be used when ripe after the skin has turned blue. When drying and storing, the smooth shiny skin darkens to a purple black and becomes slightly
wrinkled or indented. The unripe fruit is green.The interior flesh of the mature berry is brown-yellow and the brown seeds are crunchy but not hard. Its aroma is fragrant and flowery combining the aromas of gin and turpentine.The flavor is aromatic, bittersweet and piney. Eaten raw, the breath smells like gin.
Dried below 95 F to retain the essential oil for infusions, liquid extracts, tablets and tinctures.
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy. Not for use exceeding six weeks in succession. Use with caution in persons with inflammatory kidney disease.