JUNIPER: “The Gin Flavored Healer”
Arthritis, Congestive Heart Failure, Increases Blood Pressure
Also Known As: Geneva and Genvrier
If you have ever had a martini, you have been introduced to juniper. Aromatic juniper berries are the main source of gin. Juniper is also used as a diuretic.
Add 1 teaspoon of bruised berries per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 to 20 minutes. May drink up to 2 cups a day for no more than 6 weeks. The taste will be a strong and pleasant aromatic taste.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Male junipers produce yellow flowers and females produce green ones. If you want berries, plant both male and female junipers. Plant them in sandy soil under full sun, although they can adapt to any soil and climate conditions. Harvest mature berries in the fall. Dry them in the sun and store them in air tight containers to preserve them.
Taking in high doses of juniper can cause kidney irritation and possible kidney damage. Taking an overdose causes, diarrhea, intestinal and kidney pain, protein in the urine (albuminuria), blood in the urine (hematuria), rapid heart beat and elevated blood pressure. Id juniper causes you any overdose symptoms, stop using it. The FDA regards juniper as being generally safe to use.