What is a Juniper Sister, anyway?
Most of us have heard of “eskimo sisters”, but what the hell is a “Juniper Sister”? Well, friend, it’s many things, and that’s the beauty of it.
Juniper trees have long been utilized for more than just a delicious alcoholic beverage. Food, fuel, essential oil, herbal, and medicinal applications have assisted both modern and prehistoric humans in a myriad of ways.
Because of the juniper tree’s ability to thrive in all kinds of different environments, indigenous peoples all around the globe have found it useful in treating several different ailments, such as diabetes, asthma, sciatica, epilepsy, bronchitis, and arthritis. Oil derived from the juniper berry is considered to be an effective antioxidant, in addition to its antimicrobial properties which specifically fight against fungi. It’s use as a diuretic, gastrointestinal irritant reliever, and antiseptic are still popular amongst herbalists and those not limited by western medicine. Additionally, the smoke from burning the timber was used to cleanse, bless, and protect Gaelic Polytheists’ homes in Scotland, as well as in other traditions and rites around the world.
Juniper’s beauty, uniqueness, hardiness, and multitude of applications is the essence of our definition of a Juniper Sister. We have been friends for nearly twenty years (like, since our very first awkward-stage). We’re both very similar, but also very different. And our combined powers make us unstoppable forces of nature when it comes to the complexities of wedding and event planning.