• Not to be used for more than 4-6 weeks at a time.
  • Not to be used by persons with inflammatory kidney disease.
  • Not to be used during pregnancy.

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(Juniperus communis)
Common Names: Dwarf Juniper, Enebro, Geneva, Gin Berry, Ground Juniper, Hackmatack, Horse Savin, Juniper Bush.
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Parts Used: Berries. Methods Used: Dried whole fruit, Water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: A Druid Sacred Tree.

The berries were used with Thyme in Druid and Grove incenses for visions.

String the berries and hang in the house to attract love.

The berries were burned during childbirth to prevent the fairies from substituting a changeling for the original child.

During the Middle Ages, people burned Juniper to protect against contagious diseases such as Leprosy and the Plague.

Physical Uses: Native Americans traditionally used small doses of a tea made from Juniper twigs to treat colds and digestive problems, as well as simple kidney and urinary inflammations.

Considered to be helpful with shortness of breath and coughing.

A tea (Flu Tea) made from White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Bark (or resin) and Juniper sprigs was used to treat rheumatism, tuberculosis, flu, colds, and indigestion.

If used as a diuretic, it is best used in combination with Peach leaves (Amygdalus persica), Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis), Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva ursi), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), and Alfalfa (Medicago sativa).

A berry infusion was thought to be an effective treatment for cystitis as well as a soother of sore muscles. Hot poultices of twigs and boiled berries can be applied to treat sores and sore spots on the body.

Breathe the vapors of boiled berry tea to help clear bronchitis and lung infections.

Chew a few dried berries each day to promote appetite and to prevent scurvy.



  1. Combine equal amounts of chopped White Pine (Pinus strobus) Bark and Juniper sprigs. Store in a tightly closed container.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water.
  3. Add 1 teaspoonful of White Pine / Juniper mix. Stir briefly and cover.
  4. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain and discard herbs.
  6. Dosage: 1 teaspoonful every hour, as needed.
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