Juniper has been used as a natural detoxifying agent for years. It contains many natural compounds that can purify the air, making it cleaner to breathe. In fact, it was not uncommon for hospital wards in France to burn juniper to keep bacteria and infections from spreading to patients.
The scent is clean, woody, spicy, and slightly reminiscent of balsamic vinegar. Harvested from the needles and berries of the evergreen shrub, juniper is commonly used to make gin, which gives it its distinct flavour.