Information on Juniper

Latin NameJuniperus communis
Other NamesCommon juniper berries
Part UsedFruit
Herb FormsCapsule, tincture, essential oil, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Urinary system
CautionsContraindicated in kidney disorders and during pregnancy. Do not use longer that four to six weeks in succession.
Botanical InfoA small to medium-sized evergreen tree with whorls of sharp needles on the branches, shredding bark, and aromatic purple to green berry-like cones.
DescriptionJuniper berries contain diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties which make this herb useful for chronic cystitis, nephritis, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, and for flatulent colic. The herb has been used traditionally to treat gastritis, flatulence, rheumatism, cystitis, and intestinal worms, as well as a diuretic and in steam inhalations for bronchitis.

Juniper has a taste of PUNGENT, AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Tincture10-40 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Juniper

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bladder infectionanti-inflammatory, diuretictincture, tea, capsules
Nephritisanti-inflammatorytea, tincture, capsule
Rheumatism, chronicanti-inflammatorytincture, tea, capsule
Goutanti-inflammatorytincture, tea, capsule

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