Juniper Information

Juniperus Communis, Juniper


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Most Common Name:Juniper
Botanical Name:Juniperus Communis
Also Known As (other names):Genvrier, Geneva, Ginepro, Enebro

 The Juniper is possibly best known because it is used to flavour Gin. Although commonly described as berries it is actually the immature female cone buds that are harvested and used. No other part of the plant is harvested.

Junipers are found naturally in most of the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere.

It has a long history in Europe going back to medieval times when it was believed that Junipers fended off witches. In North America it was used as a childbirth aid and after birth recovery for mothers.

It is used for, or in treatment of:

Premenstrual syndromeDiureticArthritis
Urinary tract infections  


Contraindications, do not use if:

Pregnant women should not take Juniper.Do not take if you have any kidney complaints. 
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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Administered as/Available in:

 OilFruitDried fruit
Liquid extractSolid extractHydro alcoholic extract


What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):

 Volatile oil see Juniper Essential Oil

Tannins: Tannins are the largest group of polyphenols found widely in bark, wood, leaves and even some fruit. Widely used to tan animal hides in the leather production industry this constituent is an Astringent, works against inflammation in mucus membranes and other skin conditions, prevents bleeding of small wounds as well as uterine bleeding and is effective against diarrhoea and dysentery.

Tannins should be used with care as they tend to inhibit the absorption of other nutrients and substances therefore reducing the efficacy of other medicinal compounds in the medication.


Diterpenes: A bitter tasting terpenoid used widely as a stomachic. Diterpenes are believed to help with hypertension and respiratory tract complaints such as catarrh bronchitis and colds. Some diterpenes are believed to have tumour inhibitor properties as well as a stimulating effect on the immune system.


Methyl ketone


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