Health benefits of Juniper berry

Juniperus communis

Juniper Trees

Also known as the one-seed Juniper, Cherrystone Juniper, Redberry Juniper, and many other aliases, cedar berries grow in trees of the same name which can be found in the Southwestern United States, mostly in New Mexico. These trees often thrive in places with poor soil, sustaining life where other trees cannot be flourished.

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)

  • Improved digestion. Juniper can ease the discomfort brought on by indigestion, heartburn and diarrea.
  • Antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Treat gastrointestinal infections and intestinal worms.
  • Disinfects the urinary track; provide relief for urinary track infections.
  • Diuretic properties. Eating the berries of Juniperus communis may relieve water retention...
  • Antioxidant.
  • High in natural insulin, lowers blood sugar levels.
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Health Benefits of Juniper Berry Tea

  • Prevents blood disorders
  • Improves pancreatic and digestive systems
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Fights stiff muscles
  • Lowers the risk of tumor development
  • Relieves menstrual cramps
  • Relieves joint pains caused by rheumatism and arthritis
  • Cures the common cough and other respiratory problems

Cedar berries are known to regulate blood sugar levels and filtration of the kidney to lower the chance of contracting blood disorders.

Juniper berries have a number of health benefits, namely:

  • Antioxidant
  • Diuretic
  • Antimicrobial and antifungal
  • Improved digestion
  • Carminative
  • Steam inhalant
  • Wound treatment
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • 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 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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Improved digestion

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 infection.


Diuretic properties

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 sodium.

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 cell regeneration.

Ayurvedic Energetics

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.

Juniper berries are for short term use. No more than six weeks.

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