Juniper closely resembles cypress, and like cypress it is valued for its detoxifying action on the body. The use and reputation of juniper berries and their own is ancient, yet few human studies have been done. Many Native American tribes of North America have traditionally used juniper for a wide range of ailments. Herbalgram
Juniper helps to eliminate excess water and is used as a mild diuretic to treat to treaturinary problems, usually in combination with other herbs. In 1984, the German Commission E approved the use of juniper dried fruit in teas and extracts to relieve dyspepsia (disturbed digestion or indigestion), but did not approve juniper as a single-ingredient aquaretic (an agent that increases urine flow, without affecting electrolyte balance). Juniper's detoxifying properties are also employed in the treatment of wounds and inflamatory diseases such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis and according to studies inhibited the formation of inflammatory prostaglanins. (Tyler, 93)
In addition juniper berries help clear congestion so are often included in cold remedies to relieve congestion and improve breathing Indeed, juniper berries have such a wide range of uses that no herbal medicine chest should be without them.
Preparation Methods & Dosage : To prevent loss of essential oil, juniper berries should not be ground, crushed, or rubbed until just before use. Juniper essential oil is for external applications only.
Juniper berry oil has a fresh, warm, balsamic, woody-pine needle odor. Juniper is noted as being a detoxifying essential oil and is often used in massage formulas for pain. Juniper oil is also astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and can be very beneficial in cleansing and toning the skin in cases of acne and other skin inflammations such as eczema. Juniper oil has a strengthening, tonic effect on the nerves, its sedative action will help those who find sleeping difficult because of worries and tensions.
Medicinal Uses: * Acne * Aromatherapy * Bladder Infection (UTI) * Cellulite * Colds * Congestion * Detoxification * Eczema * Facial Care * Gout * Herbal Steam* Nerve/Back Pain * Rheumatoid_arthritis
Properties: * Antibacterial * AntiCancer * Antirheumatic * Antispasmodic * AntiViral * Aphrodisiac * Aromatic * Astringent * Cicatrisant *Circulation * Depurative * Diaphoretic/sudorific * Diuretic * Emmenagogue * Nervine * Rubefacient * Sedative * Skin tonic * Stomachic Vulnerary
Parts Used: berries
Constituents: volatile oil (major components pinene, myrcene, sabinene, also limonene, terpinene, camphene and thujone), sugars, vitamin c, flavonoids, resin, gallotanni
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