|Most Common Name:||Juniper|
Known As (other names):||Genvrier, Geneva, Ginepro,
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.
are found naturally in most of the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere.
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.
used for, or in treatment of:
tract infections|| || |
do not use if:
|Pregnant women should not take
Juniper.||Do not take if you have any kidney complaints.|| |
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extract||Hydro alcoholic extract|
(i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):
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.
|Lignin||Wax|| || |
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