Juniper berries are too bitter to eat, but they are wonderful to use dried for making relaxing detoxifying bath soaks. The lovely evergreen scent with the hint of sweet berry aroma is refreshing and uplifting to the mind while the berries contain purifying properties that help rid toxins from the skin. In addition, juniper berries also contain anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that help cleanse the skin, prevent body acne and help relieve aches and pains as well as muscle stiffness in the body.
What exactly are juniper berries?
Juniper berries are deep to light blue berries that grow on evergreen shrubs in areas of the world such as North America and Europe. The berries of the juniper bushes can only be harvested every three years because this is how long the berries take to mature and actually contain the medicinal healing and beautifying properties it needs. Many people use them to make bath soaks, beauty products, decorative house wreaths and candles because of the strong sweet pine scent they contain. The berries are not good for eating because as I mentioned they have a strong bitter pine flavor that is not too pleasing unless it is used to season wild meats. However, I use dried juniper berries to make relaxing bath soaks because as mentioned they help relax, detoxify and cleanse the skin and body while easing muscle stiffness, aches, and pains naturally.
Ingredients for the Juniper Berry Ginger Detoxifying Bath Soak
When I want a relaxing detoxifying bath soak, I make a juniper berry one using the dried juniper berries, buttermilk powder, sea salt, Epsom salt, juniper berry oil and dried ground ginger root powder. The place I collect and purchase all these ingredients from is a local herbal shop in my hometown. I also sometimes purchase them from Vitacost and Monterey Bay Spice Company when they are not available at my local herbal shop.
The Materials Needed to Make the Soak
The materials I find useful for making the bath soak are a large mixing bowl; a wooden mixing spoon and a large gallon glass storage jar to store the bath soak inside of so it does not dry out. You may use whatever materials you find useful and easiest for making to soak and storing it.
Making the Bath Soak
The easiest and fastest way I find to make the juniper berry ginger detoxifying bath soak is by carefully measuring out two cups of dried juniper berries, six cups of buttermilk powder, two cups of sea salt, three cups of Epsom salt, a forth cup of juniper berry oil and a half cup of ginger root powder into the jar. Then, I combine the ingredients together in the jar until they are evenly well blended. After, I place the jar in the bathroom for easy access for when I want to make a pampering detoxifying juniper berry bath.
Using the Juniper Berry Ginger Bath Soak
My favorite way to use the juniper berry ginger bath soak is by pouring two heaping cups of the bath soak into a filled bathtub of hot comfortable touchable water. Then, I allow it to dissolve into the bath making it milking and allowing the juniper berry aroma to fill the air. However, the juniper berries will float on top of the water. Once the bath is made, I get into the bath and soak for as long as I can to help really detoxify and relax my body from head to toe.The ginger root powder in the bath soak will provide a warming sensation to the body due to the oils in ginger root. After the bath, I rinse off with a warm shower to make sure all the toxins are cleansed away from my skin and body.
Now to help keep your skin beautify and well detoxified you can use this bath soak as often as you want. However, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the bath soak I recommend you do not make or use it for relaxation and detoxifying purposes. Since I have been making and using it, I have not experienced any kind of allergic reaction or side effect. My skin is always soft after using the bath soak and my body is always well relaxed and pain free.