(Juniperus species) aka -Dwarf Juniper, Ground Juniper
The scent of Juniper was believed to ward off the plague in ancient Europe. The American Indians believed in Juniper’s cleansing and healing powers and used it to keep away infection, relieve arthritis and cure various wounds and illnesses. Juniper is beneficial in helping dissolve kidney stones and prostate sediment, as well as in the treatment of water retention. Juniper berries contain a volatile oil that has traditionally been used to treat conditions of the urinary tract. Juniper berries are often used to increase the flow of urine. They are beneficial for ridding the body of uric acid, which may crystallize in the kidneys. Juniper is naturally high in usable insulin, which has a healing effect on the entire body when there is an insulin deficiency. As a poultice, Juniper may be applied directly onto wounds to prevent infection. Internally, Juniper, with its blood cleansing properties, has a similar effect in controlling infections.
CAUTION: Juniper berries may over-stimulate the kidneys and adrenals, so if kidney disease is suspected, it should be avoided. Marshmallow and Cornsilk are more soothing herbs that can be substituted.
PLEASE NOTE: Avoid during pregnancy, as it has a strong vaso-dilating, diuretic effect.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Juniper may provide relief from:
• Adrenal Glands
• Bladder Problems
• Kidney Infections/Stones
• Pancreatic Issues
• Uric Acid (build-up)
• Urinary Problems
• Water Retention
- Properties: Anodyne, Anti-spasmodic, Aromatic, Astringent, Carminative, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Nephritic, Stimulant Primary Nutrients: Copper, Sulfur, Vitamin C