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 disorders.
Antimicrobial and antifungal
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
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
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 bladder stones.
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.
Antifungal and antimicrobial properties
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
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
Juniper berries are for short term use. No more than six