Numerous varieties of juniper (Juniperus communis) can be found throughout the northern hemisphere. The berries, which can be used fresh or dried, have a tangy aroma and a tangy-bitter sweet taste. Juniper oil extract has been used as a flavoring agent in gin, and in Sweden, it has been used in beer. Juniper berries contains volatile oil, diterpenes, catechin tannins, flavonoids, monsaccharides, and oligomeric proanthocyanidins.
Juniper has diuretic, aquaretic, antiseptic, antiflatulent, and antirheumtatic effects. Juniper has traditionally been used for loss of appetite, kidney and bladder stones, and urniary tract infections. Juniper Berry is also used for indigestion and digestive disorders such as belching, heartburn, and bloating, as well as menstrual problems and diabetes.
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Cautions Orally, excessive amounts of Juniper berry oil can cause kidney irritation.