Juniper berries, Άρκευθος

A native of North America, Asia, North Africa and Europe, the Juniper is also known as enebro and ginepro. This is a medicinal plant that has been used for thousands of years in the treatment of many ailments.

The Juniper berries are recognised for a long list of attributes, i.e. vulnerary, stomachic, skin tonic, sedative, rubefacient, nervine, emmenagogue, diuretic, diaphoretic, depurative, circulation stimulant, cicatrisant, astringent, aromatic, aphrodisiac, antiviral, antispasmodic, aantirheumatic, anti-cancer and antibacterial properties.

It is used primarily as a diuretic and for treatment of urinary conditions. The German Commission E has accorded its approval stamp for the use of this medicinal herb in the treatment of dyspepsia.

Since Juniper berries have exceptional detoxifying properties, they are used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, gout and other inflammatory diseases. It is als extremely effective in treating wounds, scrofula, blenorrhea, leucorrhea and liver, kidney and heart diseases.

It is known to provide almost instant relief from congestion and improve breathing when suffering from cold. The oil of this herb is used as a local stimulant.

When fed to animals, it prevents and treats dropsy; it is especially effective with sheep.

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