Juniper

Also indexed as:Juniperus communis
Juniper: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Juniperus communis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Juniper, an evergreen tree, grows mainly in the plains regions of Europe as well as in other parts of the world. The medicinal portions of the plant are referred to as berries, but they are actually dark blue-black scales from the cones of the tree. Unlike other pine cones, the juniper cones are fleshy and soft.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Edema
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
The volatile oils in juniper cause an increase in urine volume and in this way can theoretically lessen edema.
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Juniper acts as a digestive stimulant and may be helpful for indigestion.
Urinary Tract Infection
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Juniper may relieve UTI symptoms by increasing urinary volume and helping to flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Aside from being used as the flavoring agent in gin, juniper trees have contributed to the making of everything from soap to perfume.1 Many conditions have been treated in traditional herbal medicine with juniper berries, including gout, warts and skin growths, cancer, upset stomach, and various urinary tract and kidney diseases.

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