Juniper berries (the mature female cone) have long been used as a flavoring in foods and alcoholic beverages such as gin. The berries also serve as seasonings for pickling meats and as flavoring for liqueurs and bitters. Other uses include perfumery and cosmetics.
The antiseptic properties in juniper disinfect the urinary tract to provide treatment and relief for conditions like urinary tract infections, urethritis, kidney stones, and bladder stones. Because of its local irritant action on the bladder, juniper also has been used as a diuretic. Use is in low concentrations
It has been used to treat wounds and inflammatory diseases. It also is used to control arthritis.
Juniper also acts as a diuretic to help flush excess fluids from the body. This helps rid the body of excess uric acid which can lead to gout. It also reduces fluid around the joints.
Ingested juniper is high in natural insulin and therefore lowers blood sugar levels. It can also help heal the pancreas as long as no permanent damage has occurred on the organ. Juniper also alleviates problems associated with menstruation.
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