Juniperus communis is an evergreen tree native to cool, temperate parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. Juniper berries are regarded for their healthful properties and the wood for its usefulness in crafts. The purple-blueish berries are actually a fused seed cone and are harvested in early autumn. Juniper berry has a strong taste and is added sparingly to culinary recipes. The berries can also be tinctured and added to liquors for their herbaceous flavor.
Health Uses: Juniper berries or extract of the plant has traditionally been used as diuretic, anti-arthritis, anti-diabetes, antiseptic as well as for the treatment of gastrointestinal and autoimmune disorder. Juniper berries are most often used as a diuretic. They work so well because the chemicals in the berries actually irritate the kidneys. This causes them to produce more urine and as a result, more fluid is taken off of the body.
The juniper berries are usually prescribed by herbalists for kidney problems such as cystitis. They’re also used for edema—unless the edema is caused by a lack of kidney function. In that case, juniper berries would only make the situation worse. In very small doses, you can also use juniper berry to stimulate your appetite. This is good for someone who’s fighting an illness that’s causing loss of appetite.
Spiritual Uses: Juniper (Juniperus communis). Planet; Sun/Mars. Gender; Masculine. Element; Fire. Juniper is the principle used as a Cleansing, Healing, and Purificatory herb.
Disclaimer: Any medicinal benefits given here are a product of my own research and as such should not be taken over the advice of trained medical professionals. If you are ill, please go and see a doctor. Always make sure that anything you consume is 100% safe.
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy. Not for use exceeding six weeks in succession. Use with caution in persons with inflammatory kidney disease.
Latin Name: Juniperus communis
Origin: United States
Plant Part: Berry
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