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Why the hype about gin? The ancient medicinal plant juniper provides answers. Read the article …


Why the hype about gin? The ancient medicinal plant juniper provides answers.

Gin has risen in recent years to be the in drink. Countless new gin varieties have come onto the market and many small start-ups are betting on the drink made from juniper berries. However, how does the hype explain gin? Do the effects of juniper berries have anything to do with this? Do we just need these old healing powers?

Why do we drink what we drink? Why do we eat what we eat? Well, a lot of people would say that is a matter of taste. However, why is our taste changing? Is it not rather the case that we eat things whose effect we need right now? This is because certain foods or drinks bring us the desired effects or solve a problem.

If one looks into the plant world and examines the food plants under the aspects of their healing effects, whether it is at the physical or mental-spiritual level, it quickly becomes clear that behind every plant food there is also a spectrum of effects. Moreover, gin not only tastes good to us, we drink it because it has exactly the effect on us that we need right now.

Juniper - Purge, let go and clean out

Juniper belongs to the cypress family and is therefore a rather unusual medicinal plant. Nevertheless, it has been used for thousands of years for various diseases and symptoms. It is particularly appreciated for its diuretic and purging properties, for example in urinary tract infections or rheumatism. The laxative and thereby purifying properties of juniper are not limited to the kidneys but are also restricted to the liver, stomach, intestines and blood circulation. Juniper should not be used during pregnancy and kidney diseases due to its strong purging effect.

Juniper is attributed in traditional Chinese medicine to the skin, lungs and colon system. According to their understanding, these organ systems are closely connected and mutually dependent. The juniper is therefore also helpful for infections of the respiratory tract, cleansing and freeing the respiratory tract. The strong cleansing and purging powers of the juniper make it an all-purpose weapon for general detoxification and cleansing. The juniper pulls out all the stops. In addition to the direct effects on the purging organs, the juniper also activates the venous and lymphatic systems - the drainage pipes for our waste, so to speak.

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Juniper - the waste disposer for the soul

However, is the alcoholic drink made from juniper berries so popular because of its strong activation of waste disposal? Yes, definitely and not just that. What we can observe in the physical effects of the juniper also takes place in the mental and spiritual realm. Here as well the juniper has the ability to activate our waste system. The juniper helps us to sort out and throw away superfluous and harmful things. However, why do we need help for this? Cannot we do it ourselves?

Let go of negative experiences; simply focus on the positive; do not let bad experiences guide you; do not let injuries, injustices, envy, anger or jealousy become too strong. This advice always sounds simple but everyone knows it well: the implementation is less simple and you often do not know exactly how to make the effort of letting go. The thoughts often revolve around negative contents, for example, the colleague who does not like me, the partner who hurt us or a personal disappointment by a friend. It is not easy to reject such negative experiences or to eliminate them completely.

Wishes: Lightness and becoming lighter

However, in recent years it has become increasingly clear that we want to practice good mental health. We do not want to get stuck in the negative. We want to get rid of everything that burdens us. Moreover, that is why we need the help of someone who can help us: the juniper. It helps us to dispose of the negative waste of thoughts and helps us no longer to orient ourselves on our bad experiences but to let go and to live our lives free and without burdens again. The much-discussed lightness, that simply sheds the load, above all means being free of ballast, free of heavy, negative loading, . The desire for more lightness is actually the desire to get rid of the heavy load.

Another trend clearly shows this desire for lightness. The song "Leichchtes Gepäck-Light Luggage" by Silbermond is about getting rid of ballast of any kind. In order to regain a feeling of freedom and lightness, one separates oneself from unnecessary amounts of material things, such as clothing, furniture, bits and pieces as well as reducing one's possessions. Some even move into smaller apartments or build themselves a Tiny House. All from the point of view of living with less things and carrying less luggage around with you. Here you can clearly see our need to become lighter again.

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Protection, focus on yourself and the essentials

However, to really dispose of waste and let go of anything negative is only half the battle. The juniper can do more than that. Not only does it show the way out to all burdening thoughts, feelings and experiences, it also makes sure that negative things can no longer be pure. Moreover, that is perhaps the more important quality of the juniper. Figuratively speaking, the juniper builds a real protective wall around us, which is permeable for light and good things but not for heavy and negative things. Through this double function the juniper can lead us into the desired lightness. You feel free and unburdened and let us be honest, who would not want that?

The protective character of the juniper today refers in particular to social requirements and demands. Social opinions, the media world and social opinion-makers such as social media influence us every day and lead us to receive daily information on how best to be, how best to live our lives, what best to eat, how to spend our leisure time etc. The number of requirements with which we are confronted on a daily basis has grown enormously. It has almost become impossible to meet all these demands and yet we try. However, where there is a trend, there is also a counter-trend: liberation from social requirements and the right to be quite individual. To do things the way you want them to be done and not the way others want them to be done. To make one's life free, no matter what it looks like. Ultimately, the desire has arisen in recent years to be able to develop and live one's life freely and individually, completely free of social requirements. Moreover, this is precisely the outstanding characteristic of the juniper: the protection and promotion of individual development without being influenced by society. Juniper makes us strong against the social pressure to adapt and shifts the focus from society to ourselves.

As mentioned above, the juniper achieves this, on the one hand, by protecting from the outside world and, on the other hand, by focusing on ourselves and the really essential. One can also say that it directs our gaze towards ourselves and encourages us to find out what we really want ourselves, what we find important in life and how we want to be ourselves. This is perhaps the core of the juniper's special powers. It points the way to inner truth. A truth that everyone can and must find only within themselves. This is because on the outside, in society, on television, in the media and in social media, we find thousands of suggestions as to how we could be. However, everyone must find the way, the right way for themselves. Like the key to happiness or self-dermination No one else can do that for us but we can get support.

In contrast to foods such as carrots or apples, we do not eat juniper berries pure but make an alcoholic drink from them by distillation. The distillation transports the active ingredients of the juniper to another level and their effect is stronger and more concentrated. We actually take a real medicine with gin and it would not at all necessary to drink whole glasses of gin. Even small doses would be sufficient for the desired mode of action.

Meaning and effects of coffee. More information here.

Arabica Coffee

Coffea arabica

Learning to prioritise duties and burdens

What do I really want?

Substantial balance

Duty + Will

Encouragement & Caution

Helping & Accepting help

Solidarity, supporting others, receiving mutual support

Cohesion based on shared beliefs or goals

Burnout, stress => having to do things you don't want to do

Loving life, drive => having to do things you want to do

Increase rational thinking

Focusing on physical things, instead of spiritual

Mode of action

  • Helps us fulfil our obligations and duties in life, but only those we really want to do; brings a love of life and dynamism (encouragement)
  • Protects us from obligations we have but don't want; make us aware of them so that we free ourselves from them (caution)
  • Protects us against too many obligations in life: removes excess stress and duties; shows us where we are overburdened; helps avoid burnout due to overload
  • For people who don't want to be forced into doing anything (even if they're the ones doing the forcing)
  • Obligations can act like poison (liver)
  • To regain a love of life by learning to do what you really want and not what is required by others or society
  • For people who demand too much from themselves without paying attention to whether they really want it
  • Broad detoxification and protection at all levels (negativity, stress, destabilizing energies)
  • Permission to make your own choices, to go your own way, even if your own path does not meet the expectations of others
  • Coffee break => Regeneration and return to yourself
  • Coffee junkies actually need a break and phases of regeneration
  • Increase mental performance through strong structuring, stabilization, and increasing the forces that build you up
  • Your own will makes you aware of what you want
  • Helping & Accepting help
  • Strengthens the sense of duty to help others, take responsibility in society, and stand up for those who are weaker (solidarity movements) => view solidarity as duty
  • Coffeehouses: the nucleus of revolutions (duty of solidarity, labour movements, drive for solidarity)
  • Solidarity, supporting others, receiving mutual support
  • Cohesion based on shared beliefs or goals
  • Burnout, stress => having to do things you don't want to do
  • Loving life, drive => having to do things you want to do
  • Increase rational thinking, analytics (the drink of the Enlightenment)
  • Gives new ideas, improved thinking, creative power, and clarity of the senses (coffee houses as a meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and musicians)
  • Focus on physical things, instead of spiritual, religion, or mental processes (blanking out everything invisible); the triumph of scientific thinking, technology, and progress
  • Loss of intuition (religion and spirituality were forbidden in coffee houses)
  • For impatient people
  • Stressors
  • Meeting for a coffee: coming together to transform the negative into a positive (processing negative emotions)
  • Finding solutions where there seems to be none
  • Strong influence on the development in the Western world since the 15th century (the drink of capitalism and revolution)
  • Time reference: briefly changes the perception of time, short-term loss of a sense of time
  • Clearly seeing what lurks in the night

Personal information

Order Gentianaceae
Family Rubiaceae
Species Coffea arabica (other name: mountain coffee, Java coffee)
Closest relatives Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora), Woodruff (Galium odoratum), Ipecacuanha (Carapichea ipecacuanha), Quina


Physical & health reference systems

  • Liver
  • Digestive system
  • Immune system
  • Nervous system
  • Blood
  • Stomach
  • Intestinal flora
  • 3rd and 4th chakras
  • Neck, vocal cords

Important note:

All of the findings listed here are neither scientifically nor conventional medical evidence and form no basis for the treatment of physical and psychological symptoms, complaints or diseases. Under no circumstances do they replace the consultation of a physician, pharmacist or other medically trained personnel.

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