Juniper plant medicinal properties and recipes


Juniper plant makes wonders for your health

Due to the abundance of valuable ingredients, this herb cures almost every disease. It is also known to the people as a common pine. Its Latin name is also frequently used in pharmacology - Juniperus Communis.

Branches and needles have many beneficial properties, but medicinal dairy berries do not have an advantage in folk medicine. Namely, they are used in the prevention and treatment of various types of organic disorders. This exceptional plant is a true treasure trove of flavonoids, tannins, vitamin C, turpentine, important essential oils. The best-known natural remedy is certainly a tea made from juniper, which is also used for a variety of other diseases.

Juniper berries can be used to make tinctures, fats, oil preparations. In addition to its medicinal properties, they can also be used as a spice in the kitchen. It is a good complement of marinade to fish and meat. It is also used as a flavor enhancer.

The taste of one of famous beers is enriched just by these berries. The cosmetics industry has also recognized the properties of this plant, and it is an ingredient in various beauty products. Read the great recipes below.

How does the juniper tree look like?

Juniper is an evergreen and completely irregularly branched bush with a height of 1 to 2 meters. Something less can reach the height up to seven meters. The white strip adorns the front of the needle leaves, while the back is yellow-green. The smoother fruit of the opulent taste is berry, fleshy, the first year of ripening green, and the next blonde-black or dark-purple.

What other parts of the plant are medicinal?

In addition to fruits - berries, the most effective substances are found in the needles of juniper. In young shoots of the plant, the content of Vitamin C is very high. In 100 grams of shoots there is an amount of 100mg. It has high concentrations of minerals, vitamins, tannins and organic acids. Her resin is very healthy, as is wax.

Where does this plant grow?

This bush grows in almost all climatic zones and on different types of soil. It is particularly represented in the northern hemisphere. This herbaceous plant inhabits mountain and mountainous areas, forests and pastures, and is cultivated as a garden culture.

Places that are sunny for most of the days, are important. The soil, which is not densely inhabited by other types of herbs, is also great for it, because the sprawling root likes more space.

We harvest flowers, berries needles and bark 

The first flowers appear only in the spring of the second year, while the berries do not mature until the autumn of the third year. This largely depends on the site and the external conditions to which the plant is exposed.

Since her needles are very sharp and hinder the branching, it is recommended that the canvas be placed on the floor, and the wood of the dentist shaves well. The drops of berry and dry twigs are dried in a shady and well-ventilated place. It is best to keep them in tightly closed boxes.

Juniper plant

Herb as a medicine in folk medicine

It is great for stomach and stomach problems

Juniper stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, stimulates appetite and improves digestion, and in the case of gastrointestinal infections it also prevents ulcers. Also it successfully alleviates both abdominal cramps and gases that cause an unpleasant sensation of bruising.

It is also used in the treatment of infections or disorders related to the kidneys, urinary tract, bladder and prostate.

The essential oil of the juniper is abundant with the terpinine ingredient that stimulates the kidney filtration, bladder and sweat glands. As a result, it is more effective to eliminate harmful bacteria, toxins, excess salt and water.

Muscle pain disappear in the short term
  • In a glass bottle, drain four drops of essential oil of geranium, two drops of oil, a lavender and houseleek and a drop of ginger oil. Add another 30 ml of olive or almonds and shake well. Use for a mild massage of painful places several times a day.

More health benefits of this plant. 
  • The berries have anti-inflammatory properties as well as alleviate the problems associated with rheumatism and arthritis. Juniper plant also relieves respiratory problems, alleviates colds, asthma, sinusitis and bronchitis.
  • Butterfly oil stimulates circulation, however, it should not be applied directly to the skin, due to the risk of irritation and redness.
  • Due to the high content of unsaturated fats and antioxidants, this plant also preserves the health of the nervous system and improves brain function.
  • It works astringent, tightens and tones muscles and skin. All this contributes to maintaining the firmness of the body and youthful appearance.

Do you know how the ancient doctors used juniper? 

The medicinal properties of the plant were known even in the ancient past. In ancient Greece, juniper berries were consumed during the Olympic Games, as it was believed they strengthen the physical strength of the competitors.

In the Middle Ages, the dairy oil was irreplaceable in the fight against cholera, dysentery and other diseases of the poor. It is also little known that the original formula from the year 1500 for the alcoholic beverage of gin was based on juniper berries. Later, this recipe was also used as a diuretic.

In addition, this plant was consumed and used on other continents. The North American population of the North America used juniper as a spice for meals but also as a decorative detail on foods.
  • The Indians first made necklaces with berries, they had to pierce them, and they left this job to hard working ants. The collected berries would be arranged around the anthill, and these worthy animals would make a small opening through which they would enter to enjoy delicacy. After that, the berries just needed to be threaded.

Juniper tea as a cure for kidneys; recipe

For kidney problems, before using any fresh berries, you should consult with the doctor. If you are allowed, apply the following recipe.
  1. On the first day of treatment, eat four berries at once or one in the morning, at noon, afternoon and evening.
  2. In the next eleven days, increase the dose by one berry. Consume the berries evenly to three or four doses a day. After each consumption, drink a cup of lukewarm water - not cold anymore.
  3. When the daily maximum is reached - 15 pieces, gradually reduce the amount by one berry per day. Continue until you reach the initial dose (4 berries).

Practice twice a year for 24 days.

How to make juniper tea?
  • The recipe is easy to make; pour a spoonful of juniper berries (finely chopped) with 2dl of boiling water. Cover from the top and wait for ten minutes. Once it's there, strain the liquid.

Boil the beverage twice a day, full cup. Caution should be exercised by people with diseased kidneys, so consult an urologist before consuming. You can take tea in a small brandy glass, every two hours. It is very important to discontinue therapy on time, due to the constipation caused by ingredient trepetine, which can cause inflammation and irritation in the kidneys.

How does juniper help the kidneys?

A beneficial drink will speed up the kidney's work, accelerate discharge, and prevent acidification. In addition, the plant helps with enlarged prostate, infections of the bladder and inflammation of the urinary tract.

For the removal of kidney stones and sand from the urinary tract, the following recipe is taken.
  • Two full hands of crushed berries is added to half a liter of boiling water. Remove from the heat and let it stand for 30 minutes. Strain and drink. 

Juniper tea for kidneys is prepared in this way can be drunk for a maximum of 7 days. It is permitted to drink it every 3 hours, one small brandy glass.

Juniper tea is good for stomach

In the case of frequent intestinal and gastric disorders, juniper helps you to improve the condition. Make tea in the same way as in the previous recipe. The most important thing is that you do not sweeten it since it will ruin the healing effect. Namely, it will improve the metabolism and accelerate the processes of matter exchange.

If you are preparing it for the sake of airway problems, then you can sweeten it, but only with home-made honey.

I can be drunk by diabetics

In addition to the aforementioned diseases, it is used for many other problems. What many do not know is that it has a beneficial effect with diabetes.

How to prepare a tea beverage:
  • In 4 deciliters of the boiling water add 2 full tablespoons of ripe berries that you have previously crushed. Wait 10 minutes, process and drink.

We do not need to even mention that it is drunk unsweetened, do not use any substitute natural sweeteners.

A powerful natural diuretic

Prepare it:
  • 25 g of juniper berries, root of the rabbit thorn, rose hip and smooth rupturewort. The spoonful of the mixture steam with a boiling cup of water and then leave it aside for two hours. Strain and drink every eight hours in the amount of one cup. Drink it before every main meal. 

A phenomenal ointment for joints with juniper berries

Prepare:
  • one cup of ripe berries,
  • distilled water,
  • two cups of oil (olive, almond, avocado or jojoba)
  • two or three teaspoons of beeswax.

Preparation procedure:

Immerse the juniper berries in the water and leave them to stand overnight. In the morning, strain the liquid and crush the berries slightly, put them in a small pot and pour oil over them. Place the dish in a larger water pan, and cook for a few minutes on a low heat. Then remove from the fire and strain. The smaller dish put again in a larger one with water, add processed oil and prepared wax. Cook in low heat until it melts completely. Wait until it cools a little, then put the mixture in sterilized glass jars.

The resulting fat will help you with painful joints.

Juniper berries tincture against cough
  • Pour into a glass jar 50 g of dry pancakes, pour them in a little water, add 30 g of honey and half a liter of plums. Close and leave it standing in the dark and cold place for 10 days (do not forget to shake occasionally). Then proceed and take three times a day a spoon of tincture dissolved in a glass of water.

Juniper juice; how to make it?

Another great recipe, which is not difficult to prepare:
Get ripe berries, rinse them well over the water and place them in a jar. Then add lemon cut in thin rings. Now get the water all the way to the top of the jar and cover. Put it all together in a safe place and let it stand for a week. Do not forget to shake the mixture at least a couple of times during the day. 
You will notice after seven days that the berries are no longer at the top of the jar, but they descended to the bottom. Then you are sure that the beverage is ready. All you have to do is to pour it in the glass and drink it.
Natural juice from juniper can also be used by diabetics without adding any sweeteners. The so-made beverage will cleanse the liver and improve the blood count. It is a great help in asthma, it relieves urinary infections and calms cramps.

It should not be drunk by people with damaged kidneys, as well as a pregnant women.

Where there is juice there is also juniper brandy 
The famous juniper brandy is made in the same way with berries, you will need up to 30 berries - a quantity of 15 dkg. All you have to do is deliver them into a liter of homemade plum brandy.
Close the bottle and place it in a sunny place for 30 days, periodically shake it. After that, you can consume it and enjoy its fine aroma. Juniper in brandy is an exceptional drink, provided you drink alcohol.

Juniper plant medicinal properties

Warnings and Important guidelines for dosage

If used with the prior agreement with the doctor, the juniper will not cause any side effects. However, certain risk groups should not drink it. Thus, the consumption of juniper is not recommended to pregnant or nursing mothers, nor to chronic kidney patients.

Juniper tea during pregnancy is not allowed due to the risk it can represent for the baby. Namely, excessive doses can cause contractions of the uterus. Renal patients should be extremely careful with dosing, because if they exaggerate, there is blood in the urine.

Allergies to juniper berries are rare

Juniper berries are not suitable for everyone. In sensitive people, prone to eczema, there may be a rash on the skin, which is accompanied by unpleasant itching. There are fewer problems with the respiratory organs.

There is a belief that excessive use of juniper berries can cause hallucinations. This is not medically confirmed or proven. However, always keep to the recommended doses, which is equally valid for juice, tea, tincture and fresh berries.

Contraindications to some drugs

If by any chance you take lithium (in any form), avoid juniper berries. In combination with it, serious health consequences can occur, primarily due to the presence of foreign bodies. This volatile oil then becomes toxic and very dangerous. The first symptom is diarrhea and there are severe cramps in the intestines.


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