Juniper berries are commonly used in herbal diuretics.
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Other: common juniper
Juniperus communis L.
Plant Family: Cupressaceae
The juniper is an evergreen tree native to Europe, Asia, and the northern parts of North America and it is especially abundant in central Texas and Eastern Oregon. The history and folklore concerning the juniper tree is long reaching. The first recorded mention of use is in an Egyptian papyrus from 1500 B.C.E. Juniper was the symbol of the Canaanites fertility goddess Ashera. Western European folklore tells that is a juniper tree is planted by the door to your home, a witch cannot enter. Juniper incense has also been used by the Scottish to ward off the evil eye, and by the Tibetans to remove demons. The purple, blue, violet, or blackish-brown fruits are harvested in early autumn for culinary and medicinal use.
Primarily sugars, but also pinene, limonene, tannins, and antioxidant flavonoids.
The berries, whole, ground, or rubbed through a sieve. To prevent loss of essential oil, juniper berries should not be ground, crushed, or rubbed until just before use. The herb is frequently combined with birch leaf, horsetail, parsley "seed," or restharrow in herbal diuretic teas.
May be taken as a tea, extract or capsule, and may be liberally sprinkled on food or added to drinks and smoothies.
Today, the best known use of juniper berries is the main flavoring agent in gin.
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Use with caution in persons with inflammatory kidney disease. Not for use exceeding six weeks in succession. Processed in a facility that also produces tree nuts. Tree nut fragments may be occasionally present.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The Commission E Monographs
Published December 5, 1984
Name of Drug
Juniperi fructus, juniper berry.Composition of Drug
Juniper berry is the ripe, fresh or dried spherical ovulate cone ("berry") of Juniper communisL. [Fam. Cupressaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage. Juniper berry contains at least 1 percent (v/w) volatile oil in reference to the dried drug.
Main ingredients of the volatile oil are terpene hydrocarbons such as a-pinene, -pinene, myrcene, sabinene, thujone, and limonene. Also contained are sesquiterpene hydrocarbons such as caryophyllene, cadinene, and elemene and terpene alcohols such as 4-terpineol.
Furthermore, juniper berries contain flavonoid glycosides, tannins, sugar and resin- and wax-containing compounds.
Pregnancy and inflammation of the kidneys.
Prolonged usage or overdosing may cause kidney damage.Interactions with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Mode of Administration
Whole, crushed, or powdered drug for infusions and decoctions, alcohol extracts, and in wine. Essential oil. Liquid and solid medicinal forms only for oral application.
Warning:Combinations with other plant drugs in teas and similar preparations for treating bladder and kidney diseases may be helpful.Action
Animal experiments have shown an increase in urine excretion as well as a direct effect on smooth muscle contractio.