Juniper Berries (Juniperus Communis) are the ripe,
dried cones from the Juniper Evergreen shrub. These small bluish purple
berries are about 1/4 wide with an intense spicy flavor with a slight
overtone of pine.
. In North
America, the Native Americans believed that Juniper would cleanse and
heal the body and keep away infection, and different tribes used brewed
tonics of juniper berries to treat a everything from colds to
arthritis stomachaches and syphilis. The Natives also used it as a
Juniper berries are used
in northern European and particularly Scandinavian cuisine to "impart a
sharp, clear flavor to meat dishes, especially wild game like boar and
venison They are also used in sauerkraut dishes .
Some of the constituents in
Juniper include the volatile oils, camphene, cineole, myrcene, alpha-
and beta-pinene and terpinene (the active ingredients), as well as
resin, sugar, gum, lignin, wax, salines, beta-carotene, betulin,
borneol, catechin, glycolic acid, limonene, linalool, menthol, rutin,
tannins, calcium, chromium, iron (and many other valuable minerals),
B-vitamins and vitamin C. Researchers have identified a compound that
have antiviral and anticancer potential, deoxypodophyllotoxin.
Berry is an effective diuretic and antiseptic that not only promotes the
flow of urine, but also treats infection of the urinary tract at the
same time. As a diuretic, the herb stimulates the kidneys and
bladder to get rid of retained and excess water (possibly also helping
to treat obesity). Juniper increases the filtering of waste
products by the kidneys and helps to expel prostate sediment and
gallstones. It is also thought to dissolve kidney stones. The herb
helps to prevent the crystallization of uric acid in the kidneys,
retaining it in a solution and passing it in the urine; thus curtailing
the formation of razor sharp crystals of uric acid in the big toe!
Juniper Berry is helpful in combating bacterial
infections, such as cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, vaginitis and
Juniper Berry is an old herbal remedy for the digestive
tract. The volatile oil content helps to eliminate gas and expel
intestinal flatulence and assists in the digestion of foods like
cabbage. The herb has been used to ease stomach cramps, colic and
indigestion; and in small doses, it stimulates the appetite.
The anti-inflammatory properties of Juniper Berry are
thought to ease the pain of rheumatism, arthritis, sore muscles and
gout. Maybe this is why the gin and raisin treatment seems to help those
suffering from arthritis
Juniper Berry has shown results in the treatment
of lung disorders as an effective expectorant and decongestant
Juniper Berry is considered a purifier of the blood and
overall system cleanser. Once toxic waste is removed from the body , the
body has a better chance of fighting off disease.
In recent lab studies, Juniper has demonstrated
antiviral activity against virus A-2 and Herpes simplex virus I and II.
Take one (1) capsule, two (2) times each day for four (4) weeks.
It is good to take a rest from Juniper and from Gin.
Pregnant women should not use Juniper Berry, because it stimulates the
uterus and may cause abortion. Of course there is always a risk of
allergic reaction, like with any other foods. It is not recommended to
use with severe kidney disease, just follow your MD plan of treatment.