Juniper: Juniperus communis (L.)
Why juniper berries? A versatile fruit from an evergreen shrub in the cupressaceae family, juniper berries are useful in a number of wellness applications. The berries were once used as a spice and substitute for pepper and were roasted as a coffee substitute. Juniper berries can be crushed and added to stews or marinades. They are a pleasant addition to sauerkraut. Five or six berries are plenty for the average meal.
Quality Assured: Our certified organic juniper berries are responsibly sourced from Croatia. This herb is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and grown without the use of genetic engineering, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides. Our experts here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally evaluate every herb through taste, touch, and smell to assure that you are receiving the best botanicals suitable for use.
How to Use
Benefits: Juniper berries are best prepared as an infusion to preserve the precious volatile essential oil that is the primary active ingredient. An infusion can be blended with other herbs such as dandelion and milk thistle. Juniper berries are used to flavor meat, gin, and liqueurs. They were once used as a spice and substitute for pepper, and were roasted as a coffee substitute. Juniper berries can be crushed and added to stews or marinades. They are a pleasant addition to sauerkraut. Five or six berries are plenty for the average meal. Juniper berries also provide food for deer, squirrels, and seed-eating birds. They are edible for humans, and can provide survival food for hikers and hunters. Juniper berries blend well with herbs such as marshmallow root Althaea officinalis (L.), slippery elm Ulmus rubra (Muhl.), and gravel root Eupatorium purpureum (L.).
If used in a therapeutic dosage as a tincture review the contraindications listed below:
Cautions and Contraindications: Juniper should not be used for more than four to six weeks without a break. Prolonged or excessive use can result in renal damage, and is contraindicated for inflammatory kidney disease. Juniper may potentiate hypoglycemic and diuretic therapies. Juniper is contraindicated for pregnant and nursing mothers.
JUNIPER HERBAL PICK-ME-UP:
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale root: 1 ounce
Filtered water: 1 ½ pint
Milk thistle Cnicus benedictus: 1 ounce
Juniper Juniperus communis berries: 1⁄2 ounce
Cayenne Capsicum annuum var. frutescens: 1 pinch
Simmer dandelion root in water for 20 minutes. Strain over the juniper berries and milk thistle. Steep for 15 minutes, and then strain again. Cool and add a pinch of cayenne. Use one tablespoon, three times a day.
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