A juniper is considered an evergreen shrubby plant belonging to the cypress family. There is a huge number of varieties of this plant, but the most spreading is the common juniper.
In this article we will discuss the beneficial properties of juniper and products based on it, for example, the oils and the balms. It is noteworthy that the juniper is useful not only as a valuable product for the human organism, but also as a building material for making wooden products, souvenirs and gifts.
Useful Composition and Energy Value
The energy value of juniper's berry is about 116 Kcal, which is quite an impressive amount, as for a simple shrubby plant. In this case, the juniper does not contain proteins and fats, but consists of pure carbohydrates, in an amount of 30 mg per 100g of product.
The composition of the juniper fetuses is extremely rich. They contain the active minerals, the essential oils, the vitamins (in particular, vitamins C and E). There are enough the resins, the valuable organic acids and about 40% of sugar. The juniper's essential oil contains the terpene, the camphene and the other aromatic compounds, which bring their own benefit to the organism.
Among the micro-elements, the manganese, the copper and the iron are distinguished themselves by the most quantity in the juniper. Also, this composition contains the acetic, the formic and the malic acids. Making a conclusion about the useful composition of juniper, it is necessary to recognize that the plant's berries are perfectly balanced by nature itself.
The Healing Properties of Juniper
Due to the content of special compounds in the composition − phytoncides, the juniper has the antibacterial, antiprotozoal and fungicidal properties. During its growth, the juniper releases a huge amount of biologically active compounds into the air. Therefore, the area in the place of shrubs' growth is considered environmentally friendly and health-improving. The two and a half acre of juniper plantation is capable of throwing away into the atmosphere up to 25 phytoncides.
It is not surprising that the plant and its berries are used in the folk- and official medicine. In particular, with the help of juniper it is possible to easily get rid of respiratory organs diseases, to provide the prophylaxis for the time of liver or pancreas diseases.
The juniper actively helps cope with the pathologies of urinary tract, disorders of gastrointestinal tract, and also removes the inflammatory processes. This plant provides a gentle diuretic effect without having a negative effect on the organism. Among other things, the juniper acts as an excellent antiseptic.
It is used to treat the rheumatism, the arthritis and the various neurological diseases, also with the gout. The compounds contained in the juniper's pulp of berries, promote the production of gastric juices, and improve the secretion of the pancreas.
Based on the juniper's berries, an infusion is prepared, which has a strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory property. This infusion is used during the pharyngitis, the pyelonephritis, at the cystitis or the other urolithiasis. A decoction based on the juniper is used for general strengthening of the body, will be useful for coughing, colds, purulent pleurisy and even with pneumonia. At the gout or the radiculitis, the rheumatism and the other joint diseases, the decoctions based on the juniper are added into the baths. For the prophylaxis, it is enough to consume 15 berries a day − this will significantly strengthen immunity, and improve the blood composition.
Application of Juniper
Numerous medical preparations are made on the basis of berries, leaves and trunks of this bush. One of the most useful and effective is the balm from juniper and rosemary. You can buy it in any pharmacy, and if you want − to do it yourself.
It is applied as follows: apply a small amount of balm with light massage movements on the chest, back, and feet. The plastered places are covered with a warm towel or a flannel. For the inhalations, the balm is added to the hot water. Then, the inhalation is performed for 15 minutes. This procedure is effective for the tonsillitis, the laryngitis, the tracheitis and the bronchitis. Also, such balsam can be used as a component for the preparation of medicinal baths.
In the folk-medicine apply the juniper's berries decoction, as well as the juice. The juice is diluted one-to-one with the honey. Take one tablespoon three times a day. At the same manner the broth is made from these berries, which are filled over by the cooled boiled water and insisted for 10-15 hours, or cooked for 10-15 minutes in a sealed container, then filter it and take three times a day for half an hour before meals.
Method of using for the kidney diseases, the reduced appetite, the flatulence: during the first day chew and swallow four berries (bones spit out). Each subsequent day add one berry. Thus, continue for 15 days, then, reduce the dose for one berry every day until the same four berries remain. After this, the treatment must be completed. This way of eating berries will also have a choleretic, diuretic and disinfectant effect on your organism, contributes to the normalization of the digestive tract, cleansing of toxins.
The juniper's essential oil has its dosages, which it is better not to increase. Further, you can read the recommended dosages:
• 1-2 drops per the tablespoon of oil for the internal use;
• 4-5 drops per 10 ml of vegetable oil for the therapeutic massage;
• 5-6 drops for the baths;
• 6 drops for the applications;
• 6-7 drops for the compresses.
A juniper tea is also considered useful. To make it, you need to take two tablespoons of juniper fetuses, pour them four cups of boiling water. This tea is not only delicious, but also helps with inflammation of the liver and, as a rule, refreshing drink.
Thus, these are the valuable properties which that juniper has.