– Juniper

Juniper berries
Juniper plant

Today, the juniper plant is widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The oil of juniper has been used medicinally as far back as 1550B.C. for treatment of stomach and digestive problems as well as kidney and bladder conditions.

The Greeks and Romans commonly used the oil of juniper Juniperus sabina as an abortifacient. The use of juniper’s oil for abortifacient purposes spread throughout Europe and was mentioned by seventeenth-century herbalist Nicholas Culpepper in his Complete Herbal. Juniper berries are reputed to be most successful within the first two weeks of pregnancy and Juniper leaves are reputed to be most successful within 12 weeks.

Juniper Berry

At the end of the 16th century, Dr. John Gerard noted in his herbal guide that the juniper bush, “bringeth downe the menses with force, it draweth away from the afterbirth, expelleth the dead child, and kileth the quicke.”

The oil of juniper has been used medicinally for hundreds of years to treat stomach and digestive problems, as well as kidney and bladder conditions. Today there are several studies connecting juniper to abortions in livestock. 

ALSO KNOWN AS:
Juniperus communis, juniper, genvier, geneva, bastard killer, horse savin, covershame, hackmatack, kill-bastard, and aiten.

WARNING LEVEL: High risk associated with use. DO NOT EXCEED DOSAGE!! HIGH RISK OF DEATH*****

LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If your last menstrual cycle started about 12 weeks ago.

POSSIBLY TOXIC: DEATH ASSOCIATED WITH USE. Can affect the heart.

UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS:
Relaxes uterus inhibits implantation, increases blood flow to the uterus. 

IS USED FOR:
Juniper oil has been used for hundreds of years to treat stomach and digestive problems, kidney and bladder conditions, and reducing intestinal gas. It is useful in the treatment of kidney stones, which are comprised of uric acid. Helps to relieve bloating. Antiseptic properties of juniper berries are said to fight bacterial infections. Has been used as a remedy for gout, arthritis, and muscle pain.

HOW IT’S PREPARED:

  • Tea: Steep one Tablespoon of lightly crushed Juniper Berries in a cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. Drink twice a day, morning and night.
  • Tincture: 0.5 – 1 ml three times a day.
  • Juniper Berry oil: 1 to 5 drops twice a day.
  • In capsule form: Two capsules twice a day (with meals).
  • Juniper Implantation Inhibiting Infusion (Needles): One ounce (28 g) needles to 2 cups (500 ml) water. Steep, covered, 1⁄2 – 1 hour. Take 1 – 3 Tbs. (15 – 45 ml), two to three times a day for up to six days.

POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY:
Diarrhea, purplish urine, blood in the urine, kidney pain, intestinal pain, elevated blood pressure, a quickened heartbeat. 

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