Juniper Berries (Juniperus Communis)
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.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!