Juniper tea has long been widely regarded in folk medicine as being a potent diuretic. Juniper is also considered strongly in the treatment of various kidney and bladder problems.
The juniper is an evergreen tree native to Europe, northern, Asia, and the northern parts of North America. Juniper typically grows on dry, rocky soil.
Juniper has purple, blue, violet, or brownish fruits that are typically harvested in early autumn. Juniper fruits are added as flavoring agent for beef and pork dishes, as well as sauerkraut.
The juniper fruits are also the source of the herb’s medicinal and healing properties. Juniper fruits contain about 60 compounds that include alpha- and beta-pinene, tannins, vitamin C, diterpenes and flavonoids.
To derive the health benefits of the herb, juniper tea can be made by adding 1 tablespoon of dried juniper berries to 1 cup of boiling water. Allow the brew to steep for about 20 minutes.
Like many herbs, pregnant women and those with severe kidney disorders are advised to avoid the use of juniper.
The following are the health benefits attributed to juniper tea:
- May be helpful in supporting the functions of the stomach, in treating colic, indigestion and flatulence.
- May help in alleviating cystitis.
- May be helpful in the treatment of kidney and bladder disorders. However, one should exercise extreme caution in using this to fight severe kidney diseases. Always seek the guidance of your physician.
- May help stimulate the appetite.
- May be helpful in treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and gout.
- May help stimulate menstrual flow.