The juniper berry is more like a small pine cone than a fruit. In fact, the juniper berry is not a fruit at all, but rather a type of bitter/citrus tasting spice.
The berries have anti-inflammatory properties that are ideal for relieving pain and inflammation related to rheumatism and arthritis.
Healing is very much like a bitter tonic. It isn’t that pleasant most of the time.
Thirty years ago I was looking for my freedom. Trying to express through words what I longed to be free from: decades of my father’s abuse.
It’s a bitter pill to swallow looking back and seeing just how long this journey has been. Today, I am who I am as a result of the work of sorrow, the pain and suffering it has taken to move on. I no longer live in the territory of a life lived in secret denial.
The most common culinary use of the juniper berry is as a spice used to flavor gin. A gin and tonic can most certainly offer momentary relief from stress and bring a slight smile to your face.
Healing brings even more!