Description. Juniper is tonic, diuretic, and strongly antiseptic within the urinary tract. Juniper is used for cystitis, and helps to relieve fluid retention but should be avoided in cases of kidney disease. In the digestive system, juniper is warming and settling, easing colic and supporting the function of the stomach. Juniper berries are also thought to be an appetite stimulant. Taken internally or applied externally, juniper is helpful for chronic arthritis, gout, rheumatic conditions and skin irritations and itching. Juniper also stimulates menstruation and increases menstrual flow. They are recommended for their carminative action in cases of indigestion and flatulence. Uses. The berries are usually taken in the form of a tea prepared from juniper in a mixture with other medications, but for rheumatism, the berries themselves are eaten. Juniper berries are used in northern European and particularly Scandinavian cuisine to "impart a sharp, clear flavour to meat dishes, especially wild birds and game meats. They also season pork, cabbage, and sauerkraut dishes.Juniper and its preparations must not be used by expectant mothers.
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