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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Juniperus communis)
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Avoid if pregnant or have kidney disease.
Do not use longer than 6 weeks.

HARVEST: Berries. It requires 2 years for berries to ripen to a dark purple before picking and drying.

Urinary antiseptic (disinfects urine) and abortifacient.
Has been used to flush kidneys. The infusion has been drunk for short periods, and only during periods of fluid retension, at the rate of 1 cup per day sipped slowly. Juniper contains more potassium than healthy so it is unwise to continue treatment past the point of reduction of swelling. Added barley water can be beneficial. Best blended with other herbs.
Has been used for cystitis, urethritis, urinary tract infection, and urinary stones.
Also used for arthritis, rheumatism, gout, neuralgia, myalgia (home made oil in liniment form) and hair loss (few drops of homemade oil in rinse).

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH