JUNIPER BERRY (Juniperus spp.,) aka - Dwarf Juniper, Ground Juniper
*** Caution: If kidney disease is suspected, Juniper Berries may over-stimulate the kidneys and adrenals, so it should be avoided. Marshmallow and Cornsilk are more soothing herbs that can be substituted. NOTE: Avoid during pregnancy, as it has a strong vaso-dilating, diuretic effect.
The scent of Juniper was believed to ward off the plague in ancient Europe. It has a long history of use as a diuretic. 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 in a formula is beneficial in helping dissolve kidney stones and prostate sediment, as well as in the treatment of water retention. Juniper produces usable insulin aiding the entire body when there is an insulin deficiency. As a poultice, Juniper may be applied directly onto wounds to prevent infection. Because of its blood cleansing properties, Juniper, internally, will affect a similar control of infections.
- Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies that Juniper Berry can provide relief for: • Arthritis • Infections • Kidney Infections/Stones • Diabetes • Uric Acid (build-up) • Water Retention