Juniperus Communis (or Juniper berries to you and me) are known for their flavourful, fruity taste, sweet scent, wonderful health benefits, and inviting looks... But be careful, some of them are poisonous!
Safe Juniper berries are commonly used for culinary purposes, popularly used in wine and gin, however, Juniper's unique and fresh aroma also makes it a wonderful incense scent. Read on and learn more about Juniper incense and all its amazing benefits.
What is Juniper Incense?
Juniper Berries are female cones belonging to the 'Conifer' family, however, due to their edible, juicy, berry-like sprouts, they are commonly referred to as berries.
Juniper's beautiful, indigo and blue drupes stand strikingly amongst moorlands and forests across Europe - They are sometimes confused with blueberries because of their colour and shape.
People have also nicknamed Juniper berries "Mountain Dew", this stems from the fact that Juniper trees grow in dry and rocky terrain. Even though they react well in rough climates due to their solid stature and strong, needle-like leaves, the Juniper tree grows best when fully exposed to sunlight.
From ancient times through to the modern age, the Juniper berry has been considered a sacred healing plant, used commonly in medicine and for culinary purposes due to their high nutritional value and plentifulness in vitamin C, thus providing excellent immune strength. They also can help to combat inflammation and promote stomach, digestion, and gut health.
Another amazing piece of ancient wisdom is the use of Juniper berries as incense... The ancient Egyptians burnt Juniper berries as an aspect of spiritual worship, thought to impress the Gods and bring good fortune.
Juniper incense is, and was, popular amongst religious and spiritual people, burnt to cleanse and relax the energy of a space.
This sacred incense comes in different forms including Sticks, Cones, Coils, and our favourite being, Natural Incense.
Incense Sticks: Incense sticks are an easy, cheap solution to incense burning. They consist of a combination of fragrant aromatics and combustible wood powders that form a paste. This is then set around a small stick, usually made from bamboo. Incense sticks produce a strong, pleasant aroma, however, most sticks available today have added chemicals which can be harmful to the body. This also applies to cones and coils.
Natural Incense: We may be biased, but we believe natural incense to be the best, all-rounded incense. So what is it? Natural incense is a combination of natural and aromatic substances sourced from various plant materials, including Resin - found within the bark of certain tropical trees, Essential oil - extracted from flowers, herbs, leaves, bark, fruit, spices, nuts, and seeds, and Botanicals - simply dried aromatic plant life. Natural incense is the most ancient form of incense burning, whilst also being the most healing, fragrant, and energising.
Juniper natural incense consists of burning its essential oil and dried berries, however, we like to mix things up by combining different scents. Bergamot and Geranium oil are great complimentary scents for Juniper. For more on natural incense and how to burn it, Click here.
What Does Juniper Incense Smell Like?
The Juniper berry itself has a fresh and sweet scent and when burnt as incense, these notes burst forth and create an enticingly fruity aroma. It also has a somewhat woodsy, earthy, and slightly astringent fragrance, with a subtle balsamic twist.
Its scent is incredibly unique and ideal for a cosy, winter's evening. This is because it is fresh yet warming, providing endless happiness and positivity.
Our Top 4 Juniper Incense Benefits
Stress and Anxiety Relieving
Juniper Incense is soul-healing and positivity boosting, amazing for stress/anxiety-induced issues and for improving general and overall well-being.
Its soothing aroma, and ability to relax the mind, creates a calming essence and a balanced self. This makes it a brilliant stimulant for otherwise stressful activities, such as studying, working, and organising. It is also fantastic to burn when feeling anxious, unwell, down, or hormonal.
Another incredible by-product of Benzoin is its ability to heal unhealthy sleep patterns. The stress of life has been known to cause a lot of detriment to our circadian rhythm, which in turn can cause insomnia, sleep paralysis, and many more sleep disorders. So the stress-relieving properties of Juniper berry incense might be just what you need.
Juniper berry incense has powerful brain-stimulating qualities, allowing positive thoughts to enter the brain, and cleansing us from negativity. Many ancient cultures and religions burned Juniper incense to purify a space, thus deterring unwanted spirits and bad moods. Many folklore tales describe the Juniper berry to be shielding, protecting us from uncertainty, stress, unhappiness, and anger. Juniper incense can also help to align our Throat Chakra, so try burning Juniper, in combination with other scents, to improve an unbalanced Throat Chakra thus improving your overall well-being.
Improves Health Problems
Juniper Incense helps improve lung function - It can break through nasal congestion and lung blockage, meaning it is a fantastic healer for other lung-related issues such as asthma, respiratory dysfunction, mould and dirt exposure, and more. In addition, Juniper berries are known to improve stomach and gut issues, and burning natural Juniper incense can have a similar effect, easing stomach pain and reducing inflammation.
Sometimes we can find ourselves in a creative funk, but luckily Juniper Incense can help us to tune in with our imagination, intuition, expression, and focus. It helps with spiritual and mental blocks, enabling you to think more, learn more, and excel in creative activities. It also purifies your environment allowing you to relax, which helps your mind concentrate and access the areas of your brain responsible for inspiration and creativity.
Overall Juniper incense is the perfect incense for releasing mental, physical, and emotional congestion. It sets free positivity, love, and vibrant energy into an environment, and assists you on your journey of spirituality and self-love. Burning natural Juniper incense has many health benefits and has been shown to enhance your overall well-being. If we haven't persuaded you enough to get yourself some of this magical incense, it is also the perfect scent for leaving your home smelling fresh and new. How could you resist?