Juniper Berries 50g
Juniper Berries are spicy, sweet, with a piney aroma. They are delicious in stews and soups and with meats (especially wild game). They also give gin its distinctive flavor and are a common flavor ingredient in bitters.
Juniper Berry oil can be used internally as a powerful cleansing and detoxifying agent and to support the urinary tract and healthy kidney function. Applied topically, Juniper Berry essential oil acts as a natural skin toner and reduces the appearance of skin blemishes
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Some common uses and healing properties
- It can be made into a cleansing tea used twice per day.
- It has been found to make excellent poultices for wounds and promote healing.
- Juniper berries increase urine production and are used to treat urinary infections.
- Anti-inflammatory properties make it a prescribed treatment for arthritis.
- The berries are said to fight off or eliminate herpes virus flares.
- It was used as a treatment long ago for syphilis and gonorrhea.
- It’s said to decrease upset stomach and heartburn.
- The juniper berry lessens bloating and increases appetite.
- Juniper berries are most famous for their use in gin.
- It can be used as a spice—a little goes a very long way.
- It’s a great adjunct to meat dishes such as beef, pork, or wild game such as venison.
- The berries add delicious flavor to vegetable dishes and things like sauerkraut.
- It can be used to make soaps and skin oils.
- It’s said to be beneficial in treating skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.
- It can be used in fragrances and sachets for its clean, pine-like scent.
To prepare as a tea, add 1-2 teaspoons of herb to 300ml water in a pot. Cover and simmer for 15-30 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Juniper has a strong flavor, but it dissipates quickly. Crush the berries just before using, and replenish your stock of juniper berries often, because they’ll become bland after long storage.
Juniper berries go well with game like venison and rabbit, and they’re an important ingredient in German sauerkraut (along with caraway). You might also try juniper in marinades, pot roasts, liver paté, pickled meats, cabbage dishes, stews, and soups.
For a Juniper Berry syrup recipe, click here.
Warnings about when not to use juniper berries:
- If pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant—the juniper berry acts to stimulate menstruation and can result in premature delivery or spontaneous abortion.
- Diabetics are advised not to use juniper berry products because they can decrease blood sugar to dangerously low levels quickly.
- High blood pressure sufferers should beware of juniper because it can cause wide fluctuations in blood pressure.
- Anyone who appears to suffer allergy symptoms when around juniper should not ingest the berries or oils.
- Chronic kidney disease patients should take care if using juniper berries as they work directly on the kidney and urinary system, causing increased filtration.
- People taking lithium are warned to use caution in using juniper berries as there can be an interaction between the berry and this drug.
- Likewise, people on diuretics are said to be careful if taking juniper berries because it can lead to over-diuresis, which can be a serious health risk (both are water pills).
- It is recommended never to take it for more than 4 weeks as a supplement. Then stop and come back to using it at another time. It is mainly used as an anti-inflammatory measure.
- If you are contemplating surgery, it is recommended to stop any use of juniper berries at least 2 weeks before the procedure.
Persons with inflammatory kidney disease should not use this herb. Not to be used during pregnancy.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before use.
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