Juniper has been used since ancient times for its cleansing properties. Used to purify temples and protect from witches, today the smoke from juniper branches is used in sweat lodges. It is said to cleanse the air of bad energy and make it easier to commune with the spirits.

The berries are highly aromatic and used in the production of gin. Could this be a spirit connection? Juniper berries are also sold in high-end kitchen shops for seasoning hearty stews and game.  Wait until the berries are a dark blue and use with constraint, they can easily overpower a dish.

Juniper berries are used medicinally for indigestion and urinary problems. I will often pop a few in my mouth as I hike through the woods.

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