(Jasminum grandiflorum) from India
has a long history of being used as an aphrodisiac. Its delicate
flowers yield very little oil and are best collected in the hours
before dawn, giving it its nickname in Hindi “queen of the night.”
takes approximately 65 pounds of flowers to make one ounce of Jasmine
essential oil. Most Jasmine oils are actually absolutes, which means
that the oil is extracted from the plant using a chemical. A very
small amount of the chemical remains in the oil, making it unsuitable
for internal use.
Some of the chemical constituents of Jasmine
absolute include benzyl acetate, linalyl acetate, benzyl alcohol,
indole, geraniol, and methyl anthranilate.
The rich, floral
scent of Jasmine can almost be described as narcotic, and it is best
used heavily diluted. Jasmine is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and
skin conditioner. It is excellent for sensitive skin, stretch marks,
and scars. Jasmine promotes skin cell growth and elasticity. It
deepens breathing, is antispasmodic, and has a slight pain relieving
effect. This lovely oil has been used for insomnia, anxiety,
headaches, menstrual cramps, and labor pains.
Jasmine seems to
promote a sense of euphoria and optimism. It has been effectively used
for depression, lack of self esteem, and fear. Jasmine activates
creativity and intuition. It has been said to help passion and
intellect work together, crating joyful inspiration. Jasmine can be
used for recovering from emotional violence. When diluted, its gentle
sweetness can help one in moving on from grief and loss. The altogther
uplifting aroma of Jasmine seems to create a sort of sensual confidence
which translates into pure sex appeal.
All about Juniper Berries
Botanical: Juniperus communis
Family: Cupressaceae (cypress) - Coniferae (conifer)
Other common names: Common Juniper, Ground Juniper, Juniper Berries, Gin Berries
Berries (Juniperus Communis) are the ripe, dried cones from the Juniper
Evergreen shrub. These small bluish purple berries are about 1/4 wide
with an intense spicy flavor with a slight overtone of pine.
Berry assists urine flow and helps to clean the kidneys, bladder and
prostate of toxic wastes, while at the same time helping to fight off
infections . Juniper Berries are famous as flavoring for
gin, but Juniper also aids digestion and also helps to relieve gout,
arthritis and painful joints.
The use of Juniper goes way back in history. In the Middle Ages, the
scent of Juniper was believed to ward off plague, witches, evil
spirits, curses and contagious diseases For hundreds of years, Juniper
Berry has been an herbal remedy for urinary tract problems, including
urine retention and gallstones and is an old folk remedy for gout. In
the 1500s, a Dutch pharmacist used Juniper Berries to create a new,
diuretic drink that he called gin, which was not only used for
medicinal purposes, but its delightful juniper-flavor which became a
very popular drink.
It is believed that the holy family was sheltered by the branches of a Juniper Tree when fleeing from King Herod.
North America, the Native Americans believed that Juniper would cleanse
and heal the body and keep away infection, and different tribes used
brewed tonics of juniper berries to treat a everything from colds to
arthritis stomachaches and syphilis. The Natives also used it as a
berries are used in northern European and particularly Scandinavian
cuisine to "impart a sharp, clear flavor to meat dishes, especially
like boar and venison They are also used in sauerkraut dishes.
of the constituents in Juniper include the volatile oils, camphene,
cineole, myrcene, alpha- and beta-pinene and terpinene (the active
as well as resin, sugar, gum, lignin, wax, salines,
beta-carotene, betulin, borneol, catechin, glycolic acid, limonene,
linalool, menthol, rutin, tannins, calcium, chromium, iron (and many
other valuable minerals), B-vitamins and vitamin C. Researchers have
identified a compound that have antiviral and
anticancer potential, deoxypodophyllotoxin.
Berry is an effective diuretic and antiseptic that not only promotes
the flow of urine, but also treats infection of the urinary tract at
same time. As a diuretic, the herb stimulates the kidneys and
bladder to get rid of retained and excess water (possibly also helping
to treat obesity).
Juniper increases the filtering of waste
products by the kidneys and helps to expel prostate sediment and
gallstones. It is also thought to dissolve kidney
stones. The herb
helps to prevent the crystallization of uric acid in the kidneys,
retaining it in a solution and passing it in the urine; thus curtailing
the formation of razor sharp crystals of uric acid in the big toe!
Berry is helpful in combating bacterial infections, such as cystitis,
urethritis, prostatitis, vaginitis and inflamed kidneys.
Berry is an old herbal remedy for the digestive tract. The volatile oil
content helps to eliminate gas and expel intestinal flatulence and
in the digestion of foods like cabbage. The herb has been used to ease
stomach cramps, colic and indigestion; and in small doses, it
anti-inflammatory properties of Juniper Berry are thought to ease the
pain of rheumatism, arthritis, sore muscles and gout. Maybe this is why
the gin and raisin treatment seems to help those suffering from
arthritis Juniper Berry has shown results in the treatment of lung
disorders as an
effective expectorant and decongestant Juniper
Berry is considered a purifier of the blood and overall system
cleanser. Once toxic waste is removed from the body , the body has a
better chance of fighting off disease.
In recent lab studies, Juniper has demonstrated antiviral activity against virus A-2 and Herpes simplex virus I and II.
one (1) capsule, two (2) times each day for four (4) weeks.
Discontinue. It is good to take a rest from Juniper and from Gin.
women should not use Juniper Berry, because it stimulates the uterus
and may cause abortion. Of course there is always a risk of allergic
like with any other foods. It is not recommended to use with severe
kidney disease, just follow your MD plan of treatment.