I love the scents of the season from times past, as we make preparations to celebrate the Longest Night of the Year…
Winter Solstice is a celebration of the longest night and the return of the sun. In ancient times, the Romans honored the god Saturn with a “Saturnalia” celebration using some familiar traditions such as exchanging gifts, feasting and decorating with mistletoe, holly, and pine cones. (Early Pagans used “The Holly and The Ivy” to represent the masculine and feminine energies).
I love the scents of the season, whether from burning candles or from diffusing essential oils. The holiday scents of Mandarin, Cedarwood, Pine, and Juniper Berry are some of my favorites.
Juniper Berry (Juniperus Communis) is an evergreen shrub that grows to approx. 6 ft. tall. It has bluish-green needles with small white flowers Juniper berries change to a dark blue color after 2-3 years and steam distilled to make the crisp smelling essential oil. Most of Juniper Berries come from France, northern Italy, Austria, and Croatia.
Juniper Berries were burnt as incense by the ancient Greeks and Tibetians; North American indigenous people burned Juniper in their cleansing ceremonies. The Europeans thought of Juniper oil as a cure-all for cholera and typhoid. Juniper Berry was also used in the 10th century by the Vikings to make beer and by the Dutch in the 17th century to make gin.
Juniper Berry adds a crispness to the sweeter floral and citrus essential oil blends. My Winter Solstice blend has traditional holiday oils like Scotch Pine, Cedarwood, and Frankincense, but the addition of Mandarin and Juniper Berry that adds a freshness that balances the blend.
This time of year brings out the best in people, as we give of ourselves to our family, our friends, and to our community. It is also important that we take a moment to nurture our own spirit. To find the balance…
If you are feeling stressed, anxious or a little run down check out the properties of Juniper Berry essential oil. Use caution if you are pregnant.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to Replace Medical Advice.
Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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