Thank Juniper for Gin

August 7, 2017

Young juniper in the UK

This once notorious  spirit (think ‘mothers ruin’ and Hogarth’s prints), now steadily growing in popularity, owes everything to the medicinal qualities of the juniper tree (Juniperus communis). In use as a medicine for millennia, gin was devised and perfected by the Dutch as a homage to the juniper wine used for  cleansing the kidneys and bladder, soothing stomach pains and easing digestive troubles.

Juniper growing in Croatian scrub

 

 

The intense, warming smell of the aromatic oils contained in the berries have many applications in the body including clearing waste acids and debris from diseased joints in arthritis and rheumatism. However, it is best known for its potent disinfectant and antibacterial actions on the genito-urinary system, that is the kidneys, bladder and entire pelvic area. It is one of my first herbs of choice for stubborn and persistent cystitis.

 

 

Find out more https://www.thewildpharma.co.uk/plants/Juniper

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