Plants and Health

Juniper: benefits and virtues


Native to India and Asia, its juniper berries are very popular in cooking and also have many health benefits and virtues.

The juniper or juniper (Juniperus communis) is a small, very hardy, slow-growing conifer with prickly evergreen needles, which grows in sandy heaths, dry hillsides and rocky places.

  • Gardening: how to grow juniper well

Juniper and its health benefits

In the middle Ages, the small juniper berry was already widely used by doctors and since then nothing has called its reputation into question. Its virtuesdiureticsdepurativesweatstomachics andtonics touted by pharmacologists of the 18th and 19th centuries, are now recognized.

  • Juniper berries are without doubt one of the most well-known diuretics. They are used for their benefits in cases ofgeneralized edema and to treat gallstones and kidney stones as well as the inflammation of the bladder.
  • Warning, the diuretic action of juniper is very potent and can irritate the kidneys. Its prolonged or too abundant use should therefore be avoided.

  • The berries are particularly useful for sanoint arthritis, gout and all rheumatic conditions. They are then used mainly in baths : add 2 kg of young branches and a handful of berries previously boiled in the bath water.
  • Juniper is a good tonic and one expectorant gentle, effective against sore throat, the sinusitis and thecolds. It is made into a syrup to be administered morning and evening.
  • Juniper berries facilitate intestinal transit and promote digestion.
  • In local application, juniper essential oil stimulates immune system. It helps fight against tired and stress, viral and bacterial infections, skin infections and skin problems (acne, dermatosis, eczema, dull and tired skin). In massages, it also relieves stiffness.
  • In broadcast in the atmosphere, the essential oil of juniper is soothing and anti stress. It calms inner turmoil and nervousness.

Growing juniper for its benefits

Juniper loves full suneven arid. He also needs a well-drained soil, stony and sandy.

Remember to keep your junipers away from places of passage because its needles are extremely sharp !

Juniper adapts to all situations and can live a long time. Its only enemies are the mealybugs.

If you want to grow juniper pot, choose dwarf varieties.

  • Gardening: how to grow juniper well

Juniper in the kitchen for its benefits

If young juniper shoots can be eaten in salad, associated with other leaves, it is especially the berries which is used mainly in the kitchen.

They are inseparable from the Sauerkraut (which they facilitate digestion), perfume the game, pâtés, smoked ham and short bouillons.

Juniper is also used for flavor certain alcohols like gin and aquavit ... consume in moderation, of course!

Video: Juniper Berry Essential Oil - Benefits and Uses (October 2020).