Juniper (Juniperus communis)
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A decoction of the branches is used as an anti-dandruff shampoo.
The essential oil distilled from the fruits is used in perfumes with spicy fragrances.
In hot countries the tree yields the resin ‘Sandarac’ from incisions in the trunk[4, 74]. This is used in the production of a white varnish.
The stems were at one time used as a strewing herb to sweeten the smell of rooms[14, 244]. The whole plant can be burnt as an incense and fumigant[66, 102, 146]. It was used during epidemics in the belief that it would purify the air and cleanse it of infection. Fresh or dried juniper branches also make a good insect repellent[102, 172].
Many forms of this species are good ground cover plants for sunny situations. Forms to try include ‘Depressa Aurea’, ‘Dumosa’, ‘Effusa’, and ‘Repanda'. ‘Prostrata’ can also be used.
The bark is used as cordage and as a tinder.
Wood – strong, hard, fragrant, very durable in contact with the soil and very close-grained, but usually too small to be of much use[82, 229, 244, 245]. It makes an excellent fuel.
Cultivation & Habitat
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