Juniperus communis – berry
Juniper is widely known as the main flavouring component in gin.
It’s essential oils make an excellent antiseptic in conditions such as cystitis. It’s bitter action aids digestion. It’s anti-inflammatory action helps with arthritis and rheumatism.
- Urinary tract infections including cystitis and urethritis.
- Arthritis, gout, neuralgia, rheumatism, osteoarthritis.
- Upper respiratory infections.
- Gastrointestinal tract infections, dyspepsia.
Contra-indications and Cautions
Best avoided in kidney disease, may inflame nephrons.
Administration and Dosage
The analysis of contents below is a guide only, product specific data including expiry date is with the item in the shop.
Juniperus communis 1:2. Each 1 ml contains 500mg of dry herb.
Liquid extract in 45% ethanol. Use 10 to 20 ml weekly.
Our clinic uses fluid extracts from Optimal Rx, Herbal Extract Company, Nutrition Care, Mediherb or Sunray Botanicals, in this order.
In traditional medicine, preparations made from juniper berries were used to relieve flatulence and indigestion and to stimulate the appetite. The cone berries should contain not less than 10 ml/kg of essential oil. Juniper essential oil distilled from the dried ripe fruit is used for abdominal cramps, flatulence and a feeling of fullness. Added to baths to stimulate blood circulation of the skin. Used as a diuretic. The dried herbal substance is used in a dose of 2 g with a maximum of 10 g per day which corresponds to 20 and 100 mg essential oil, respectively. The oil is used in dosages of 2-4 drips per day. In Germany soft capsules containing 100 mg essential oil is used for dyspeptic complains. In Denmark, juniper is combined with essential oils of peppermint, anise, eucalyptus and fennel.