What is a juniper berry? Juniper berry is very popular in traditional medicine. The most common juniper berries are applied as a diuretic. But juniper is rather irritating action to the kidneys, so it is best to mix it with other fruit-diuretic herbs such as horsetail, bearberry, birch buds, flowers, cornflower, and try to use is not very long.
If the kidneys are healthy, you can make fruit tea from juniper: add a tablespoon of squashed berries in a cup of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes. Take a tablespoon of a blend three times a day after meals.
You can make alcohol beverage from juniper: 100 g of squashed berries, pour with half a liter of alcohol (70%), leave for 14 days, strain and pour into another bowl. You may apply it for rheumatism. For this add 20 drops to a lump of sugar, three times a day for liver and biliary tract, coughing, heartburn, and apply it as a diuretic.
A fruit decoction is used for bronchitis, pneumonia: pour a tablespoon of dried berries in 2 cups of boiling water, boil for 20 minutes, drain and bring to the initial volume of boiled water. Take a tablespoon 3 times a day.
Also, if you have a sore throat and stomatitis, you can gargle with this decoction.
What is a juniper berry? A decoction of juniper berries is used in aromatherapy baths. Pour 200g of berries in 2 liters of water and leave for half an hour, drain and add to an aromatherapy bath. The water temperature should be up to 37 degrees, duration - half an hour. These baths are very good for rheumatism and arthritic pain.
As for prophylaxis, chew juniper berries on an empty stomach. You should start with one berry, then adding by one every other day, finishing to 15 berries, and vice versa.
Caution: Never use juniper berry during pregnancy. This can cause uterine action and miscarriage.