Latin name: Juniperus communis
Health Benefits of Juniper Berries
Common juniper is a small evergreen tree that is related to cedar, cypress and other conifers. The mature, dark-colored cones, or berries, are used to lend a slightly citrus and pine-like flavor to foods and beverages. Health benefits include:
- As a powerful diuretic, it increases the flow of urine, helping to cleanse the system of excess fluids and stimulating the kidneys.
- Helps treat urinary tract infections.
- Stimulates bowel movements to relieve constipation.
- Contains bitter compounds that stimulate bile flow and the production of digestive enzymes. This allows the body to breakdown foods more easily and enhances nutrient absorption.
- Due to their astringent properties they are particularly effective at relieving heartburn and other digestive upsets.
- Juniper can also be useful in the treatment of upset stomach, colitis, gastrointestinal infections, loss of appetite and intestinal worms.
- Rich in antioxidants.
- Contains certain compounds that increase insulin production, thus lowering blood sugar levels.
How to Use Juniper Berries
- Can be added to foods, or used to make a tincture, syrup, or tea..
Cautions and Side Effects of Juniper Berries
- Do not use Juniper if you are taking prescription medication for diabetes, glucose regulation or hypoglycemia.
- Not for use if pregnant or breastfeeding.