Have you ever tasted berries that are not berries but rather a spice? Are you still with me? Great! Today I share with you about the anti-oxidant rich and heart-healthy juniper berries. Traditionally they have been used to detoxify the body, promote healthy digestion, and skin health. Well, these are not berries at all. They are female seed cones that come from the juniper palnt. They are not berries that you would normally add to breakfast. In fact, they are used as a bitter spice. One of the major uses is juniper berry essential oil which is popular as a therapeutic. What are the health benefits?
Relieves oxidative stress and prevent heart disease - This is due to high levels of anti- oxidants present. They contain polyphenolic compounds known as bioflavonoids.
Natural antiseptic - The antibacterial and antiseptic qualities of the berries have stood the test of time. For this reason it is often used as a natural household cleaning agent. One study has indicated they can be used for skin and respiratory infections.
Improves digestion - One study in milk cows found that feeding the subjects juniper berry essential oil, resulted in improved digestive behaviour. Also, because they function as diuretics, they help relieve bloating in some cases.
Aids restful sleep - Many natural health practitioners recommend the oil as a relaxant and believe it has most positive impact on brain chemistry, which encourages rest. A study from Mie University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan found that 26 out of 29 participants were able to decrease their medication and achieve more restful sleep after diffusing the fragrance, during the night and 12 people discontinued their medication entirely by the end of the study.
So, when next you are getting berries, look for the juniper berry essential oil.