These were some of the first photos I took with my new macro lens, back in late December. It was when I realized that it works much better with a tripod, rather than how I was using it. But thanks to the magic of Photoshop, I could sharpen my straight out of camera pics somewhat and use the hard light option on them. If you look closely, you can even see the little droplets of water inside the needles on the top photo of this juniper branch. At least, I think it's a juniper. It does have the telltale little blue/gray berries.
Did you know that in olden times, juniper bushes were grown because they can heal a lot of diseases? It's true. Juniper is good for a lot of health problems. It activates the digestion, helps the kidneys and clears the lungs for good breathing. It will also kill bacteria, which is good against infections. Oh, there's all sorts of things that juniper does. Who needs Mucinex when you've got a juniper bush around? Why, when my children were young, I used to make tea from the berries and I also used the essential oils found in it, mixing them with boiling water for use as a steam-bath. Not really.
I never did this. And I'm not Medicine Woman. I don't know enough to go messing about with natural remedies and formulations found on the internet. But I'm not kidding about the uses for the juniper bush. It's a miracle plant. I just felt that you needed to know this. And aren't you glad that you do now? Good. My work is done for today, then.
Stop back tonight at 6 PM to play the Weekend Guessing Game! I think it will be an easy one.