**Important note if you think this looks awfully familiar: Yes, it was just over a week ago that this showed up in your inbox or social media feed. But… that was right smack dab in the middle of the week in which I changed hosting companies for my website. When all was said and done, and properly moved to the new host, this post had disappeared. That happens sometimes. So, here it is again.
It’s actually fitting that an article about Juniper, was the one that went missing. You see, Juniper is one of the many ingredients that are used to make gin, and there were several times during the changing of hosts that I was frustrated enough to want a little nip of something. Although I’m not a gin drinker, there were a couple times that I’d have probably drunk some if it was the only thing available. Thankfully, all the frustrations are behind me and I’m now enjoying all the benefits of my new web host, including one you may have noticed… the website loads a whole lot faster now.
Juniper bushes can grow to be six feet tall when cultivated, but up to 30 feet in the wild. Wild juniper thrives in cold climates.
For an evergreen, it’s pretty colorful:
Juniper has only a few widespread uses
Juniper smells especially good when blended with:
Do not use while pregnant – Juniper is an emmenagogue, which means it promotes and regularizes menstrual flow. This type of oil is historically* avoided during pregnancy. *Modern researchers find no evidence of miscarriage or fetal harm from juniper essential oil.
Historically it’s been treated as being a potential source of kidney damage or irritation, but Robert Tisserand (THE safety guy for essential oils) has found no proof of this. Still, best avoid if you have kidney disease.
There’s not much myth out there regarding juniper, but there are some very interesting bits of history regarding juniper. For instance: