Juniperus communis

Du song (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Hapusa (Ayurvedic)

Native to

As with many of our trees, its complicated. These trees have a particularly long... pre-history (did a dinosaur eat it? I don't know but let's just say it is possible)

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used: 

  • Bark

  • Berry

  • Leaf

All parts of the Juniper tree can be harvested for a majority of the year. Just be sure the berries are ripe!

  • Antibacterial: Stops or slows the spread of bacteria

  • Anti-Catarrhal: Helps to remove excess mucous from the body

  • Anti-Fungal: Stops or slows the spread of fungi

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antimicrobial: Slows or stops the spread of microorganisms, particularly those that spread pathogens

  • Antineoplastic: Acts as anti-cancer

  • Antinociceptive: Pain reliever with minimal sleep-inducing qualities

  • Antioxidant: Removes, prevents potentially harmful oxidising within the body

  • Anti-rheumatic: Reduces swelling and pain in the joints

  • Antiseptic: Stops the growth of disease-spreaders

  • Antiviral: Stops or slows the spread of a virus

  • Carminative: Relieves gas... Farts, specifically.

  • Digestive Stimulant: Pretty much what it says. Stimulates digestion

  • Diuretic: Makes you pee

  • Hypoglycemic: aids in the secretion of insulin and uptake of glucose

  • Hypolipidemic: Aids in the lowering of cholesterol

  • Stomachic: Promotes appetite and aids in digestion

Divinities & Mythos

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Chakra: Crown

  • Taste: Bitter, Pungent, Sweet

  • Energy: Cool, Dry

Warning: Dopplegangers + Kidney + Blood Sugar Levels + Pregnancy + Anticoagulants

Check your family and species! Not all juniper is created equal and some is poisonous. Make sure you know preceisely what you're getting when buying "Juniper".

If you are pregnant, in treatment for kidney, blood sugar, or coagulation irregularities - AVOID juniper.

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Magical Properties

  • Attraction

  • Cleansing

  • Energy

  • Fertility

  • Health

  • Home Blessing

  • Love

  • Luck

  • Peace

  • Prosperity

  • Protection

  • Psychic Abilities

  • Purification

  • Spiritual Awakening

  • Truth

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?