Juniper is a tree that grows in some parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. There are different uses of juniper, mainly to make medicinal preparations including the extract of juniper berry and the essential oil of juniper berry.
Juniper is used for the treatment of digestion problems such as intestinal gas (flatulence), upset stomach, heartburn, loss of appetite, bloating, intestinal worms and gastrointestinal (GI) infections. It is sometimes used for kidney and bladder stones, as well as for urinary tract infections (UTIs). Other uses include diabetes, treating snakebite, and cancer. Effectiveness of Juniper berries is determined by chemicals which decrease gas and inflammation.
Quite often juniper is applied directly to the skin for pain in joints and muscles and for wounds. The essential oil of juniper has to be inhaled when having numb pain and bronchitis. Juniper extract and oil are used in cosmetics for producing foundation, lipstick, hair conditioners, bubble bath, bath oils, eye shadow, etc.
Juniper is mostly safe for most people when taken for a short period of time. It should not be used longer than for four weeks, otherwise one may suffer from seizures, kidney problems, and other side effects. Juniper proves to be safe when applied to small areas of the skin. However, some side effects may occur - burning, irritation, swelling, and redness. It should not be used on large wounds.
Juniper is also safe when inhaled as a vapor in a proper way. But it can be unsafe for pregnant and breast-feeding women. Juniper can affect the uterus and fertility, and even lead to a miscarriage. Juniper berries lower blood sugar raising some concern in people with diabetes.
This product might irritate the stomach and intestines, worsening the state of these organs. Juniper might affect human blood pressure as well as blood sugar levels, making control of these indexes more difficult.