The therapeutic properties and contraindications of juniper berries

Juniper is an amazing plant! It dramatically improves condition, helps to cope with diseases of the lungs and bronchi, if you eat a few berries or properly prepared on the basis of their broth. But overdo it and be poisoning or death.

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Useful properties

Juniper has a complex chemical composition, which due to its medicinal properties. The berries of this plant contain large amounts of sugar and resins, mineral salts, ascorbic acid, flavonoid glycosides, organic acids (acetic, formic and malic), wax, tannin, essential oils and pectins. They are collected in the period from late September to early October, plucked, air dried in the shade to spread out the paper or in special dryers. Keep for 3 years.

Use juniper for the treatment of diseases such as:

  • chronic cystitis or urethritis;
  • chronic pyelonephritis and nephritis;
  • asthenia, anemia, boils;
  • neuralgia, rheumatism, gout;
  • various diseases of the lungs and liver;
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (the gastrointestinal tract).

He also actively helps with constipation, joint diseases, gallstones, lack of appetite, difficult expectoration, problems with the gums, gonorrhea.

Usually juniper berries for cooking and medicinal decoctions and teas are used together with other medicines.

Contraindications

Juniper berries should not be eaten by the handful as they are quite poisonous. In the preparation of decoctions it is necessary to clearly follow the instructions. The only way you can be sure of their effectiveness.

Strictly forbidden somehow to use juniper berries for pregnant and nursing women, and people suffering from chronic diseases of the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.