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Juniper Berry

Juniper berry is not actually a berry in the sense that berries are a form of fruit. However, the juniper berry is actually the seed cone of the juniper plant. There are many health benefits of juniper berries and it can be used as urinary antiseptic. Juniper berries can also be used for arthritis and slow healing wounds.

 

Due to the many juniper health benefits, these berries are used in treating a variety of ailments from rheumatism, arthritis, to cystitis and catarrh. The berries may also be crushed and applied topically to slow-healing wounds as they are a powerful antiseptic.

 

Washing joints with a tea made of juniper berries helps to relieve pain and soreness from them. Juniper extract is also used as an essential oil in aromatherapy. This essential oil has astringent properties and is helpful in treating toothaches and strengthening the gums.

 

It can also be used to retard hair fall. Among the many juniper health benefits are its carminative properties which make it one of the best natural cures for flatulence and gas. Massaging with the essential oil of juniper is the best way to get rid of unwanted aches and pains and skin infections.

 

The antibacterial elements of the oils were tested against several different strains of bacteria, including that from spoiled food, food-poisoning-related bacteria and both animal- and plant-based pathogens. Juniper oil inhibited bacteria’s activity, showcasing its potential as an effective antibacterial tool.

 

The berries take two or three years to ripen. They will be blue-black with a whitish bloom, and are most aromatic when fresh. Be warned that birds are very fond of juniper berries, so all this may be theoretical unless you net the plant.

 

To prepare an infusion, 1 teaspoon of lightly crushed berries is added to a cup of boiling water, steeped for 20 minutes and drained.

 

You can drink the infusion two times daily. Juniper oil can also be added to a hot vapour bath to aid respiratory infections.

 

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