Black juniper is a very widespread plant in Albania, in mountainous areas, with powerful antibacterial properties. This plant is healing from the root to the fruit, but still, the fruits are mostly used, which ripen in the second half of summer until late autumn, depending on the area.
The fruits can also be dried and thus can be used throughout the year. The healing properties of juniper have been known since ancient times, while there are probably some of you who have sometimes had the chance that someone offered you juniper brandy on the grounds that it is “medicine for the soul” and it was not far from the truth.
Its fruits are mostly used for stomach problems and urinary tract problems and are seen as one of the best natural diuretics. It can also be used as a disinfectant for wounds, while it also helps coughing, for which essential oils from juniper seeds help the most, which can also be used for massage for rheumatic pains. Black juniper has managed to fight even the most serious infections in the kidneys and urinary tract.
More specifically, this miracle plant can fight E.Coli in the kidneys after 1 and a half months of use. It is a powerful plant for fighting Staphylococcus in the tonsils, or various cystic infections on the face. Juniper has strong diuretic effects, as it contains terpene -4-ol, therefore it promotes the exit of excess water from the body.
Thus, it affects the reduction of tension. The plant has powerful antibacterial properties and helps to close wounds and can also be used for facial pimples, as it helps to remove acne. Juniper helps intensively regenerate the epidermis, the first layer of the skin.
In many experiments in the laboratory, the growth of bacteria and microbes has been stopped in the presence of juniper essential oil. It has shown results in killing bacteria such as Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli.
Juniper tea can be used as a skin rinse by people suffering from psoriasis, eczema and dandruff. It helps in other skin diseases such as dermatitis and in reducing skin irritations.
Use 1 tablespoon of boiled juniper in 2 glasses of water a day for 15-30 days to clear infections and irritations of the genitourinary tract (cystitis, etc.), sand and stones in the urinary tract to prevent the return of urinary infections/ sand/stones.
As a mouthwash, it is used to remove bad breath, adding 1 teaspoon of fennel coffee to the tea. For stomach cramps, mix equal parts of juniper, wormwood, barpezm and chamomile and add 2-3 cups of boiling water to two or three spoons of this mixture, let it stand for 10 minutes, strain and drink without sugar. For headaches, make a puree of juniper fruit and apply it as a compress to the place that hurts.
Those who have a problem with the liver or stomach in the morning sober, take 3-5 juniper fruits and chew them well. To improve appetite, boil juniper fruit compote, add sugar and consume as needed.
Cases of non-use
Various animal studies show low toxicity of juniper oil or plant, but if used in recommended amounts there are no side effects.
It is not recommended to be used by pregnant women, children under 10 years of age, or by people with kidney dysfunction because it relaxes the muscles of the urinary tract too much, thus promoting urination. But in cases of severe infections when you need to use antibiotics, you can use black juniper to avoid the use of antibiotics. Also, the oil is many times more concentrated than the plant and has an even stronger effect.
Juniper is one of the largest medium-sized trees in Europe and especially in Albania.
The most widespread variety of the juniper tree is Juniperus communis.
Juniper seeds are among the most used in folk medicine, mainly to treat stomach problems, heartburn, bloating, lack of appetite, infections of the digestive system, kidneys and gallstones.
It is used against diabetes and free radicals.
Modern studies on juniper show that this plant increases the filtering capabilities of the kidneys and cleans the urinary tract.
Juniper has been used in folk medicine against bronchitis, cough and respiratory infections.
Boil 10-15 juniper seeds and breathe on the steam released from them to solve these problems.
According to AgroWeb.org data, German authorities have listed juniper on the list of herbal products most used for stomach problems and digestive problems.
Juniper is also used in the treatment of wounds, muscle pains and muscle pulls as well as against acne and other types of skin problems.
In the past, it was used to stimulate the muscles of the uterus.
The components of juniper fight viruses and prevent the growth of dangerous viruses such as herpes and influenza.
Components of juniper, such as podophyllotoxin, also prevent the growth of harmful cells.
With juniper seeds you can prepare delicious and beneficial tea.
Juniper essential oils are recommended if you suffer from lung problems, because this plant multiplies the blood supply to the lungs and then destroys bacteria and viruses that have taken up residence in this important organ.
In short, juniper fights cough, but also helps the kidneys and bile to expel bacteria and viruses.
How to prepare juniper juice:
Juniper seeds, whole, pressed or ground, are used in tea, alcoholic extracts and wine.
If you want to make tea, boil a cup of water and take a teaspoon of crushed juniper berries.
Let it sit for 5 minutes before drinking. You can drink this juice three times a day for a month.
Juniper is also recommended in salt baths in treatments against rheumatism.
Add 30-40 juniper berries to the tub, or boil them for 10 minutes and pour their juice into the tub. You can also prepare compresses with this liquid.
AgroWeb.org experts point out that long-term use of juniper seeds can cause irritation and damage to the kidneys, because juniper practically strains the kidney.
This is why juniper is recommended for 30 days every 4-5 months.
If you are pregnant or trying to start a family, then do not use juniper.
Avoid it even if you are breastfeeding. Juniper manages to lower blood sugar, and causes serious discomfort in people with diabetes.
Uses in the kitchen
Add a few juniper berries or a bunch along with the leaves when cooking meat or fish baked in the oven./AgroWeb.org