It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… or is it a juniper tree? The juniper is a coniferous tree growing comfortably high in the mountains across Europe, North America and even the North Pole!
Likely to be consumed with wild game and meat dishes, perhaps you will be tucking into your Christmas dinner and sampling some juniper berries in your family roast or accompanying gravy. With great health benefits, maybe you can even have a second helping…
5 Food Facts: Juniper Berry
- Extract from the juniper berry is full of powerful antioxidants, helping your body combat the damage caused by free radicals.
- The berries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C and B1, B2 and B3; making them great for your overall good health and fighting colds or chest infections.
- Juniper berries can aid your digestion, assisting with stomach problems, indigestion or heartburn.
- They also have antiviral and antibacterial properties, making the berries popular for use in traditional medicine.
- Juniper berries are diuretic, a great aid if you suffer from fluid retention or are prone to bladder infections.
5 Fun Facts: Juniper Berry
- Although they look similar to blueberries, juniper berries are not actually berries but the female seed cone.
- The use of juniper berries for medicinal purposes dates back to ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Native American Indians.
- Juniper is derived from the French word for gin, ‘genievre’, being that it is the key flavour ingredient in the liquor.
- There are an estimated 50-70 species of juniper trees which can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
- The juniper berry may have been the original performance enhancer for athletes – believed to have been used for its high Vitamin C and B content by Grecian Olympians.
Face the Facts: Juniper Berry
Used in traditional medicine as a remedy for warts and acne, juniper berries are renowned for their antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties when used topically. Juniper oil has a warming effect on your skin and can help to remove fluid and toxins, aiding skin conditions including eczema.
We use the juniper berry in our Artic Berry Peel and Peptide System, as one of the four antioxidant-rich plants known for their free-radical fighting powers. By combating the damage caused by free-radicals, this three step Artic Berry exfoliant-peel-cream system helps prevent the signs of aging and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and radiant.
Also available is the collagen boosting and regenerative Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream, available as a stand-alone 60ml product for the perfect Christmas pick me up!
Why not treat yourself these holidays to a wonderful spa escape at your nearest Eminence Organics Spa and Salon. Or pamper yourself in readiness for a terrific 2015 with a selection of products from our online store.
Will you be eating juniper berries this festive season? Tell us what’s on your menu for Christmas day…