- What healing power is in juniper?
- How is Juniper applied?
- What side effects can Juniper cause?
- What you should keep in mind when using juniper
- How to get Juniper and its products
- Worth knowing about the juniper
Already in antiquity was juniperused for healing purposes. It has a diuretic and antispasmodic in gastrointestinal disorders. Applied externally, it can relieve rheumatic complaints. Read more about the medicinal and spice plant juniper and the juniper berry effect!
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What healing power is in juniper?
The ripe berry cones of juniper ("juniper berries") and the resulting essential juniper oil increase the urinary excretion and have a relaxing effect on the smooth muscles, such as those found in the walls of the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract and blood vessels. Also bloating and appetizing effects have been described.
Recognized is therefore the application of the medicinal plant in so-called dyspeptic complaints, so for example, mild spasmodic discomfort in the upper abdomen, flatulence and fullness.
Traditionally, juniper is also used for flushing therapy for mild discomfort of the urinary tract. The folk medicine recommends the medicinal plant also for drainage in the context of a "spring cure" and for rheumatic complaints and muscle tension.
The juniper berries contain, among other things, essential oil (with α-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, terpinene-4-ol, etc.), invert sugars, tannins, leucoanthocyanins and flavonoids. The main effect is attributed to the essential oil.
How is Juniper applied?
You can chew the dried juniper berries, a maximum of ten per day during the day - but only for a few days and not permanently.
In addition, make a tea: pour two grams of freshly squeezed juniper berries with 150 milliliters of boiling water and remove the plant parts after ten minutes. You can drink a cup of juniper berry two or three times a day. The mean daily dose is four to six grams of the drug.
You can also use the juniper oil and finished preparations, such as tinctures. For external use, for example in rheumatic complaints there are bath additives based on the medicinal plant. The respective leaflet and doctor or pharmacist will inform you about the correct use of juniper oil and the various preparations.
What side effects can Juniper cause?
If juniper is taken over a long period of time or if it is overdosed, kidney irritation or kidney damage may be the result, for example, pain in the kidney-bladder area.
When used externally, allergic skin reactions may occasionally occur.
What you should keep in mind when using juniper
Some experts recommend using juniper internally for a maximum of four to six weeks; other experts recommend a maximum of three weeks' use. Follow the instructions in the package leaflet or recommended by a physician or pharmacist to avoid kidney irritation and damage!
For the same reason, preference should be given to preparations in which the juniper oil is low in alpha and beta-pinene and high in terpinene-4-ol - the pinene are considered to be responsible for kidney irritation and damage.
Pregnant women and people with inflammatory kidney disease are advised against using juniper berries (berries, oil, etc.) internally.
For the sake of safety, breastfeeding women as well as children and adolescents under the age of 18 should refrain from using the medicinal plant medicinally. There are currently no (sufficient) studies on the safety of these groups of people.
If you experience fever, urinary spasms, or blood in juniper therapy during treatment with juniper, the medicinal plant must be stopped immediately and a doctor should be consulted.
If you are using juniper (or other medicinal plants) for a flushing treatment, be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
The simultaneous use of the medicinal plant with synthetic dehydrating drugs (diuretics) is not recommended.
A violet-like smell of the urine indicates an overdose.
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Flu - the best home remedies
Old home remedies for minor ailments are becoming increasingly popular. Especially with colds herbal tea, calf wrap and other alternative methods can work wonders. The best home remedies for snout, fever and Halskratzen can be found here!
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Wrap against fever
Already the grandmother knew it: With fever cool calf rolls help! Dip two wipes in lukewarm water, wring out and wrap around calves. Cover with a thick terry towel and let cool for ten to fifteen minutes. Also for children a popular and effective way to reduce fever!
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Garlic kills germs
Garlic scent from the mouth can be unpleasant for the people - the substances contained in the tuber also help to kill germs. To give cold and flu viruses no chance, you should generously use garlic in your food. It is best to eat fresh parsley at the same time, it makes your breath fresh and reduces the garlic flag.
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Quark against sore throat
Sore throat is uncomfortable. Again, there is help from the medicine cabinet. Spread quark on a piece of cloth about the thickness of a knife, place it around your neck and wrap it in a woolen scarf - this relieves the pain completely without tablets.
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Chicken soup - but fresh!
Eating chicken soup helps with colds and colds. The delicious broth is said to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-infective effect. Important: Only freshly cooked helps the soup, from the bag it is ineffective!
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Free breath with onions
A stuffy nose is particularly uncomfortable with colds. Onions can help: Chop the vegetables, put them in a small bowl and place them next to your bed at night. The essential oils in the onion fumes clear the nose again.
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Another remedy for stuffy noses: rinses and inhalations with salt water liquefy the secretion, so it is better transported away. For saline, it is best to take prepackaged, pre-portioned salt sachets and boiled water. This ensures that the rinse fluid has the right composition (0.9 grams of saline in 100 milliliters of water) and no additional germs get into the nose.
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Radish relieves cough
Those who suffer from coughing can resort to black radish: halve the root and hollow out, fill both halves with honey and leave for twelve hours. Then fill the syrup into a bottle and refrigerate. Take one tablespoon of it three times a day.
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Acid chest wrap
Lemons help to reduce the swelling of inflamed tissue and cool it. Breast wraps with lemon juice, for example, help with cough and bronchitis. For best squeeze out biocitrons and soak a cloth with it. You can also dilute the juice with a little warm water. Wrap the soaked towel around the chest. Over it a second, dry towel - and finished is the chest wrap.
How to get Juniper and its products
Juniper berries are available in grocery stores and pharmacies. You will find a wide variety of ready-to-use preparations and the essential oil in pharmacies and in some cases in drugstores. For proper use, read the package leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Worth knowing about the juniper
Common juniper (Juniperus communis) belongs to the family of cypress family (Cupressaceae). He is at home in Europe, North Asia and North America. In addition, juniper is grown for the production of berry-like fruits in Italy and Croatia.
The plant is quite variable in its appearance and in the shape and length of the needle leaves. Usually, the common juniper grows as a columnar shrub several meters in height. The evergreen, needle-shaped leaves are arranged in threefold whorls on the branches. On their top they wear a blue and white wax stripes.
The juniper shrub is dioecious - so there are female and male specimens. From the female flowers develop after pollination berry-like fruits that exude the typical juniper smell especially after grinding. In the botanical sense, however, they are not berries, but berry cones. In the immature state, the "juniper berries" are green, in the ripe state black and bluish frosted. They take two to three years to mature.
The berries of the common juniper are an important spice. They also make gin and other spirits (such as Genever or Steinhäger).