Cedar berry trees have
two types, the male and the female, wherein both can
bear flowers but only the latter can produce
berries. These grape-like sprouts, and sometimes
also the leaves and twigs, have been found to be
beneficial for the Native Americans’ medical needs
(due to their antiseptic and antibiotic properties)
Cedar berries are known
to regulate blood sugar levels and filtration of the
kidney to lower the chance of contracting blood
- Antimicrobial and
- Improved digestion
- Steam inhalant
- Wound treatment
- Arthritis control
Juniper berries contain
impressive levels of antioxidants as confirmed in
several published medical studies. Antioxidants help
neutralize harmful molecules called free radicals
believed to be responsible for the development of
cell malignancies, blood vessel disease, and other
degenerative diseases. Antioxidants are beneficial
in the prevention and treatment of disease,
arthritis, macular degeneration, atherosclerosis,
and other conditions. These compounds assist in cell
regeneration, protect the skin against premature
aging, and alleviate inflammation.
As a diuretic, Juniper
helps expel excess fluid in the body and prevent
bloating by stimulating the bladder to urinate
frequently and by increasing urine output. Water
retention can be caused by too much sodium
consumption, inflammation, injuries, and other
underlying conditions. Diuretics are also beneficial
for removing toxins and bacteria from the body and
for preventing urinary tract infections.
Scientists found that
juniper berries are actually effective in fighting
gram-negative bacteria, the kind that cause
illnesses like pneumonia, gonorrhea, and E. coli. It
can also be used as an alternative to pharmaceutical
antibiotics that have been ineffective in combating
gram-positive resistant bacteria.
It is used in the
treatment of urinary tract infections, kidney, and
Juniper berries are
used for treating and managing a variety of
digestion problems including heartburn, flatulence,
upset stomach, indigestion, bloating, and loss of
appetite. Because of their bitter taste, Juniper
berries stimulate the increase in the secretion of
saliva, stomach acid, and digestive enzymes, body
fluids that are essential for digestion. This
facilitates easier food break down and absorption.
The essential oil of
Juniper berries is used as steam inhalant in the
treatment of bronchitis as well as fragrance in
soaps and cosmetics.
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Juniper can ease the
discomfort brought on by indigestion and heartburn.
The herb is bitter or astringent. When juniper is
ingested, it causes stomach acid, digestive enzymes,
and saliva secretions to rise. The body fluid
increase necessary for digestion helps in breaking
down food. In turn, digestion is improved.
According to Shiraz
University of Medical Sciences researchers, juniper
berries combat both gram-positive and gram-negative
bacteria. Gram-positive bacteria cause
Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA).
Gram-negative bacteria can cause E. coli,
gonorrhea, and pneumonia.
As pharmaceuticals are
not effective in treating MRSA, juniper may be an
alternative and effective way to fight infection.
Eating the berries of
Juniperus communis may relieve water
retention or bloating symptoms. The University of
Michigan says juniper, as a diuretic, increases the
output of urine. Diuretics can combat the body’s
excessive water retention, which is caused often by
injury or inflammation or by taking in too much
The University adds
that, due to it being a diuretic, juniper can help
prevent urinary tract infection by flushing out the
urinary system’s bacteria and toxins.
According to a medical
journal study, the berries have high antioxidant
concentrations. Such compounds help to eliminate
free radicals that may lead to the development of
cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and disease.
Antioxidants also maintain
youthful, healthy skin by fighting facial lines and
wrinkles; thus, reducing inflammation and aiding in
In the ancient
Indian Ayurvedic medical system, Juniperus
communis pacifies and balances the kapha
and vata dosha. It also enhances the pitta dosha.
The bitter and
astringent herb helps balance kapha imbalances like
urinary infections, rheumatism, bronchitis, and
congestion. Juniper can also help pacify vata
imbalances like skin problems, dysmenorrhea, and
stress. To enhance pitta energy, juniper supports in
the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, high blood
pressure, and abdominal pain, among other ailments.
Juniper Berry Side
Effects, Risks and Contraindications
Despite its many
benefits, there are also precautions and downsides
to consuming cedar berries. Pregnant and
breastfeeding women and people with urinary tract or
kidney problems should avoid drinking cedar berry
tea (It might cause contractions, especially among
those belonging to the former category.).
Also, consuming large
of amounts of cedar berries (uncommon) has been
proven to be toxic.
As with any other
unusual and unfamiliar health supplement, it is
important to consult your doctor about its use and
possible side effects before delving into it.
are for short term use. No more than six weeks.