The skin-enhancing benefits of juniper berry oil - and why we've used it in our Nourish capsules
To celebrate our fabulous range of CBD capsules, we’re letting you in on our best-kept secrets to the CBII formula.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be shedding light on our superstar ingredients that support your body and mind. From milk thistle and passionflower in our CBD capsules to the MCT carrier oil in our feel good oils, you’ll get the inside track on the benefits of our premium quality health supplements.
The secrets of Juniper Berry Oil
We’re kicking off by talking all things Juniper!
We’ve included cleansing Juniper Berry Oil in our popular Nourish Capsules, so let’s dive in and get to know the Juniper plant and its much sought-after berries.
About the plant
A cosy home for wildlife and a gin-drinker’s delight, the Juniper tree is a much-loved evergreen that brightens up the winter months. Its berries are green when young, but over 18 months or so they mature and ripen to purple-black.
Did you know that Juniper lands a starring role in your Friday after-work drinks?
Juniper is the primary botanical used as a flavouring in gin, and the word Gin itself is derived from either the French word Genièvre or the Dutch word Jenever, which both mean Juniper.
A healthy history of Juniper Berries
These berry-like cones have been celebrated for their culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. In fact, the Ancient Greeks recorded using the berries as a medicine long before they started being included in food.
Allegedly, the Greeks also used Juniper Berries in many of their early Olympic events because they believed that they may be able to increase physical stamina in athletes.
Ancient beauty of juniper berries
Used as an essential oil in Egyptian folk medicine to stimulate the skin, baskets of Juniper Berries have been found in several ancient tombs in Egypt, including that of Tutankhamun.
Some reports indicate it may have been used as part of the mummification process while others believe they were simply an offering for the departed to enjoy in the afterlife.
As Juniper Berries were not known to grow in the area, they are thought to have been imported from Greece. The berries may have been included in the burial because of their rarity in Ancient Egypt.
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Manniche, Lisa (1999). Sacred Luxuries: Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt. Cornell University Press. p. 21 - Egyptian juniper berries historical info