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
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.