For game and sauerbraten, fish and marinades, for smoking and curing. Promotes digestion, appetizing, slightly resinous and woody-sweet aroma.
Origin: Croatia. Controlled quality.
The folk medicine appreciates the juniper as a "medicine tree" and priest Kneipp recommended juniper to strengthen the stomach.
Flushing effect in case of urinary tract complaints.
The use of juniper berries for urinary tract complaints has been and still is discussed with many pros and cons.
Even in the 1980s, the use of juniper berries for drainage and flushing therapy was discouraged.
It was suspected that the essential oil contained could damage the kidneys.
In the 1990s, juniper berries were examined very carefully for their possible harmful effects.
A kidney-damaging effect could not be confirmed with the intake of intended quantities (2 to 10 g daily). Since 1997 juniper berries have been officially recommended for medical use.
The mechanism of action is based on the essential oil called Terpinen-4-ol. Terpinen-4-ol irritates the kidney tissue (kidney parenchyma) without damaging it.
This irritant effect is supposed to lead to an improved blood circulation of the kidneys.
This process filters and eliminates the urine more quickly.
The draining (aquaretic) effect is therefore purely due to the stimulation of the blood circulation.
Recipe for juniper tea:
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon (3 g) of juniper berries with 1 cup (150 ml) of hot water.
Cover the tea for 20 minutes and then sieve the juniper berries.
Drink 2 to 3 cups of juniper berry tea daily before or with meals.
For flushing purposes juniper berries should not be used for more than 6 weeks (precaution).
Do not use in pregnancy, sensitive stomach, and kidney inflammation.
Please note: The use is not intended to eliminate or alleviate any disease, suffering or medical condition. The information given here comes from naturopathy, is based on tradition of folk medicine or many years of experience. Under no circumstances should this information replace a consultation with a doctor. If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or alternative practitioner.