Juniper: benefits and virtues for health

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Originally from India and Asia, its juniper berries are very much appreciated in cooking and also have many health benefits and virtues.

The juniper or genever ( Juniperus communis ) is a small, very hardy, slow-growing, evergreen conifer with pungent needles that grows in sandy barrens, dry hillsides and rocky areas.

  •  Gardening: growing juniper well

Juniper and its health benefits

In the Middle Ages The small juniper berry was already widely used by doctors and since then, nothing has questioned its reputation. Its virtues  diuretics depuratives sudorifiques stomachics  and  toners  praised by the pharmacologists of the 18th and 19th centuries, are now recognized.

  • Juniper berries are without a doubt one of the best-known diuretics. They are used for their beneficial effects in cases of generalized edema  and to treat gallstones and kidney stones as well as inflammation of the bladder .
  • Attention The diuretic action of juniper is very powerful and can irritate the kidneys. Its prolonged or too abundant use should therefore be avoided.
  • The racks are particularly useful for s to cure arthritis, gout and all rheumatic conditions . They are then used mainly in baths  Add 2 kg of young branches and a handful of berries previously boiled in the bath water.
  • Juniper is a good tonic and a expectorant gentle, effective against sore throat s, the sinusitis and the  colds . We make it into a syrup to be administered morning and night.
  • Juniper berries facilitate the bowel function and promote the digestion .
  • In local application the essential oil of juniper stimulates the immunity system . It helps to fight against fatigue and stress, viral and bacterial infections, viral and bacterial infections, and skin infections and skin problems (acne, dermatitis, eczema, dull and tired skin). In massages it also relieves the aches and pains .
  • On air in the atmosphere, the essential oil of juniper is soothing and anti-stress . It calms inner restlessness and nervousness.

Cultivate juniper for its benefits

Juniper loves bright sunlight …however barren. He also needs a well-drained soil stony and sandy.

Remember to keep your junipers out of the way because its needles are extremely prickly  !

Juniper adapts to all situations and can live for a long time. Its only enemies are the cochineals .

If you want to grow juniper potted choose dwarf varieties.

  •  Gardening: growing juniper well

Juniper in the kitchen for its benefits

genevrier cuisine sante bienfaits If the young juniper shoots can be eaten… lettuce s, in combination with other leaves, it is mainly the berries which is mainly used in the kitchen.

They are inseparable from the sauerkraut (whose digestion they facilitate), scent the game …pâtés, smoked ham, and broths.

Juniper is also used to flavour certain alcohols like gin and aquavit… to be consumed in moderation, of course!