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Common juniper - Juniperus communis (Cupressaceae)

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Shrub or tree grows up to 15 m high , bark gray-brown , fibrous , needle hardy, simple, piercing , arranged in whorls of 3 ; dioecious ; Szyszko black berries with glaucous bloom ; live to 100 years or more . In Poland, the most common in the lowlands and lower parts of the mountain .

 

Raw

The raw material is the fruit of juniper - Fructus juniperi , FP I, II , III , IV and V , which can be bought in pharmacies and herbal shops (pack of 20, 50 g). Szyszkojagody harvested in the fall or winter after the frost , drought in an open oven heated to a temperature of 40 - 60o C. They can also be dried first at normal room temperature, and when will creased - dried at a high temperature .


 

The chemical composition

Szyszkojagody contain 2% of essential oil , 40 % sugar , 0.5% resins , 8% of dye , gentian - juniperynę - about 1% , flavonoids , vitamins , minerals , organic acids and tannins . Essential oil contains pinene, kadinen , borneol , camphene , junen ( active diuretic ) , juniperol , terpineol . Moreover, needles and juniper berry fruits (sometimes it is also used ) is guaiacol and its derivatives, and cresol .

 

action

Preparations of juniper diuretics ( inhibit reabsorption of Na and Cl - action decongestants ) , cholagogue , antiseptic , expectorant , inhibit excessive fermentation taking place in the intestine , facilitate and improve digestion and absorption of milk food , increase the secretion of gastric juices , accelerate blood circulation , diaphoretically work , eliminate bile stasis .

Indications: hypernatremia (excess sodium ) , hyperchloraemia , congestive edema , liver failure , digestive disorders , neuralgia , rheumatism, circulatory stasis , metabolic disorders , diseases przeziębieniowe , skin and infectious diseases , unpleasant odor from the mouth, inflammation of the respiratory tract , cough , runny nose, inflammation of the sinuses, acne ( internally ! )

Contraindications : pregnancy, peptic ulcer disease ( split sentence ) , appendicitis , nephritis ,

Symptoms of overdose include irritation of the kidneys , proteinuria , hematuria , gastrointestinal irritation , nausea , vomiting , diarrhea .

Decoction : 2 tablespoons fruit pour 2 cups of water , cook 3-5 minutes and let stand for 20 minutes , strain , sweeten with honey. Drink four times a plot of 100 ml, children weighing 10-15 kg - 14 ml , 16-20 kg - 22-28 ml , 21-25 kg - 30 ml , 26-30 kg -37-42 ml , 31-35 ml - 44-50 ml , 36-40 kg - 51-57 ml , 41-45 kg - 58-64 ml , 46-50 kg - 65-71 ml , 51-55 kg - 72-78,5 ml , 4 times the plot

The fruit can be brewed in milk and sweeten with honey ( inflammation of the respiratory tract , cough , cold , etc.).

Juniper tincture - tincture juniperi (gin) : half cups crushed fruit pour 400 ml of vodka , digest 14 days ; filter. Take 3-4 times a plot of 5-10 ml .

Intrakt juniper - Intractum juniperi : half cups of fresh fruit pour 400 ml of hot 40% alcohol , digest 10 days ; filter. Take 3-4 times a plot of 5-10 ml administered to children in the milk and honey .

Juniper oil - Oleum juniperi ( used for wcierań warming , przeciwprzeziębieniowych , the nerve , arthropods , and mięśniobólach and in catarrh of the respiratory system and the infectious diseases - rub the whole body , including the infectious diseases ) : a half cups of fresh or dried fruit ground pour 100-150 ml of hot oil, digest 14 days ; filter. You can also use it as a seasoning for salads and soups , and fatty meats .

Caution! Juniper essential oil ( Oleum juniperi ) available in herbal stores and pharmacies can be taken with honey 3-4 times a plot of 3 drops ( zakażeniowe inflammation and respiratory and sinusitis ) . Same essential oil is not used to rub the skin with acne and seborrheic , even in its diluted form . Some recommend it for acne - to wcierań . Unfortunately rubbed into the skin of the face and neck causing suppurative folliculitis. Juniper essential oil can be mixed with other while oils and used for the treatment of acne , of course, in the respective sets and proportions.

Taken orally (I recommend water extracts of szyszkojagód ) works really anti acne .

Common juniper - Juniperus communis (Cupressaceae)
 

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