Juniper Berry Home Remedies

| Modified on May 13, 2015
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Posted by Anon (CA) on 08/18/2012

I also suggest you create a new page for Juniper Remedies. It has lots of properties, helps/heals colic, indigestion, digestive problems, urinary track problems, cystitis, vaginatis, urine retention, inflamed kidneys, prostate, gallstones, anti inflammatory, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, ... It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, etc... However, it should not be used by pregnant woman, it is said it could cause abortion.

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Posted by Linda (San Francisco, Ca, Usa) on 08/21/2012

Juniper the herb is a totally different animal than the essential oil of Juniper (Juniperus Communis, Linn.).

Read about the uses of Juniper here from the excellent Herbal by Ms. Maude Grieve:

It is important when discussing anything commonly called "Juniper" to be specific by using the exact botanical name of the plant under discussion.

As is apparent from reading at the end of the link above, there are varieties of Cedar (Juniperus Monosperma for instance, is commonly called a Cedar), MANY different varieties of Juniper, and other species (Thuja, etc) which are ALL frequently referred to as "Juniper" by common name, hence my caution to stick with the exact Botanical name (the Latin name) when discussing these varieties.

The different parts of the plant also have different medicinal uses (Berries, even the state of *ripeness* of the berries, bark, leaves, etc), and they are not interchangeable.

The essential oil (steam distilled) of Juniperus Communis is far and away much stronger than other forms of this plant, and indeed should be used only by folk who are knowledgeable about its cautions. No one with Nephritis should use this oil at all, and no one with any other inflammatory Kidney issues should either. Essential Oil of Juniperus Communis should only be used, and then very sparingly and carefully, when well-diluted with a carrier oil (e. G. , almond, avocado, olive oil, etc).

Especially in this day and age where many, many people are taking God Knows What pharmaceutical junk.

A tea infusion of Juniper is far safer and Juniperus Communis indeed has many wonderful uses as a food seasoning and healthful ingredient in many foods/flavorings.

I would love it if the original Poster on this thread would post in more detail their experiences, and the reason for their request that there be a Juniper page, because I agree there should *definitely* be a Juniper page- And Juniper berries are indeed wonderful- As long as we are NOT talking about undiluted Juniper Berry steam-distilled Essential Oil (Which is also wonderful, but you had better know what you are doing if you use it. AND know how to recover if something goes wrong.)).

Stay well, Linda from SF

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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 07/19/2011

I have found this recipe for a hair tonic in one of my books but I am not sure whether it is good to use spirit for the hair. The recipe is as follow: 50ml of surgical spirit (or flower water if the hair is very greasy but mine is not), not carrier oil or lotion, 10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil, 10 drops of Juniper EO and 15 drops of Rosemary EO. Anyway has ever used such a tonic? I don't know whether to try it or not.

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Posted by Ray Of Hope (Camberwell, London, Uk) on 08/20/2012


Please do not toy with juniper oil, it is not for the novice, it is the most stimulating oil of all essential oil and thus should be diluted according to the age of user. In fact it has a contraindication for those who have conditions like fibroid etc. And should not come into contact, neat, on skin without it been diluted (drops has to be added to a carrier oil) and not suitable for children. Let an Aromatherapist advise you.

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Posted by Sandra (Dallas, Tx) on 10/22/2012

A question about Juniper. What if you are extrememly allergic to Mountain Cedar? Would that also crossover to other types of Juniper? I am currently at the end of my initial allergic response to Mountain Cedar and the cycle is so much like the flu for me. After this, it will just be generalized allergic responses.

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Posted by Nadine (Nyc, NY) on 04/13/2015

I have been putting juniper berry oil in my water as I refuse to take water pills. I am experiencing kidney issues, my urine is orange, going to a doctor this week. Any comments would assist.

thank you

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Posted by Carla (Antioch) on 05/13/2015


Juniper is highly anti-microbial and the side affects that you are experiencing could possibly be due to the presence of yeast or acid in your system as, you system attempts to eliminate toxins. Orange urine is a symptom of hepatitis. This isn't a reaction from your usage of the Juniper. You shouldn't wait but go to an emergency room or acute clinic immediately to address this. At lower dosages Juniper can help to restore your liver, if this is a problem. Other side effects, could be based upon the dehydration that occurs as toxins are released rapidly from your system. This will cause for you to experience diverticulus in your intestines. And, as a result you may have cramps. To correct this discomfort massage body lotion that contains methylparaben on your stomach. This will immediately resolve the issue. Make sure you are moisturizing while using this treatment and be prepared to treat issues of candida with tolfante or chlortrimazole preparations. You body will be eliminating yeast and toxins at a very rapid rate, and as it will loosen toxins at the surface levels, the debris located above that surface level is active and mobile. This may cause you discomforts that you have to treat as it is evacuated from your subbaccus zones such as the mouth and sexual organs and annus. Once, you have passed this primary phase, side effects of this treatment should reduce. It is helpful if you have a physician to assist you. However, if you do not have available your over the counter preparations to help pass this phase. Oh, and btw, if you add a few drops of the essential oil to your free breeze, this cleaning solution can even purify the glass. Good luck and allow for your system to eliminate the toxins and be kind to yourself.