Juniper has a world-wide reputation as a tree of protection, healing and purification. It is worn in medicine pouches for protection against evil spirits. Sometimes it is thrown on the hot rocks in sweat lodges and used for purification prior to healing rituals.
Since people first came together to honour the Gods and spirits of nature they used gums, resins and fragrant herbs to bring them closer to the divine beings and to give fragrant wings to their prayers. Every culture has their own sacred herbs that are particular to its region, yet, precious incense herbs and gums have also always been traded far beyond their country of origin.