Simple Herbal Extracts | Juniper Berry


Juniper Berry

Botanical Name

Juniperus communis

Part Used



Not for use in pregnancy, Not for use exceeding 4 to 6 weeks in succession; Inflammatory kidney disease*

Traditional Information*

A urinary antiseptic, diuretic, alterative, carminative, expectorant and emmenagogue. The strong volatile oils are responsible for much of its activity. Juniper can be used for cystitis with a mucus discharge, deficient hydrochloric acid production and cold/damp lung problems. Sebastian Kneipp, the famous naturopathic monk, used Juniper berries for a two week “cleansing” program for his most difficult cases. He felt this helped to increase the elimination of metabolic wastes and promote the vital force within.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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