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Juniper berries Juniperus communis

 

Family: Cupressaceae

---Synonyms---Juniper Berries, Juniper bush, Juniper bark

Parts Used: Dried fruits

 

Active Compounds: 

Volatile oil, containing mainly myrcene, sabinene and x-pinene, with 4-cineole, p-cymene, camphene, limonene, b-pinene, terpin-4--ol, y-terpinene, x-thujene.

Condensed tannins; ()-afzelechin, (-)-epiafzelechin, ()-catechin, (-)-epicatechin, ()-gallocatechin and ()-epigallocatechin

l,4-dimethyl-3-cyclohexen-l-yl, methyl ketone.

Diterpene acids; myreocommunic, communic, sandaracopimaric, isopimaric, torulosic acids and other diterpenes such as geijerone

Miscellaneous; sugars, resin, vitamin C.

--Medicinal Action and Uses---

Diuretic, anti-microbial, carminative, anti-rheumatic, tonic, antiseptic, stomachic

Juniper Berries make an excellent antiseptic in conditions such as cystitis. The essential oil present is quite stimulating to the kidney nephrons and so this herb should be avoided in kidney disease. The bitter action aids digestion and eases flatulent colic. It is used in rheumatism and arthritis. Externally, it eases pain in the joints or muscles.

Illicium Inula Iris Johnny jumper Johnswort
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