Juniper

April 3, 2018

WAYS TO USE JUNIPER MEDICINALLY:

As a medicine, juniper extracts can be taken internally, inhaled, or applied topically. You can use Juniper berries fresh or dried as well as in a supplement form or as an oil. Many health food stores carry juniper berries in the herbs and spice section and can usually be purchased either dried, fresh, crushed, or whole.

The leaves can be burnt on top of a hot wood stove to create an incense which is said to be helpful in the treatment of colds.

The average dosage for this herb is 2 to 10 grams, or 1 to 3 teaspoons of crushed berries made into a tea by pouring boiling water over them and steeping for 10 minutes. Drinking the tea 1 – 2 times per day over the course of 4 – 6 weeks is considered generally safe.

The extracts of this berry contain terpinene-4-ol, which is a compound that stimulates the kidneys, as well as amentoflavone, a compound with anti-viral properties.

Juniper is often ingested in tea or supplement form. The tea is helpful in treating bronchitis, numbing pain, fighting inflammation, and increases the production of stomach acid, amongst many other benefits.

The essential oil can be applied topically in lotions or diluted with carrier oils such as coconut or almond oil. The essential oil may possibly be used without dilution depending on the strength and concentration of each particular oil type. Always read the packaging and instructions first before applying directly to the skin. When applied topically, juniper oils are helpful in the treatment of conditions such as: acne, athlete’s foot, warts, skin growths, cystitis, psoriasis, and eczema. Due to its antibacterial properties, this oil is effective at treating cuts and wounds as well.

Juniper oil can also be:

·        Added to a diffuser/vaporizer: this aids with bronchitis and emotional complications such as stress and anxiety

·        Diluted with a carrier oil and used in massage or diluted with water as a bath soak: this is effective for pain relief, swelling, painful urination, joint pain, gout, and muscle fatigue

·        Added to lotions and creams: this is beneficial for treating skin problems such as oily skin, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema

·        Use in a compress: this is ideal for eczema, arthritis, and general infections