Juniper (Juniperus Communis) 4oz/113g Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Juniperus Communis
Common names: Juniper Bush, Juniper Berries
Plant Description: The Juniper is a small, evergreen coniferous shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10 feet in height. It can either be prostrate or erect. It is widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere and commonly found where bands of limestone occur, although it can also be found as undergrowth in mixed forests. Juniper grows in Canada, Alaska, south to Georgia, in eastern Tennessee, north to Illinois and Minnesota, and west to New Mexico and California. It is common in pastures where sheep graze and eat the berries, then distribute the seeds in their feces. The bark is reddish-brown and the leaves are light green on one side, dark green on the other three sides, and needle-like. The berries, grown on the female plant, are green, then as they ripen in 2-3 years, turn a bluish-black color. These berries are used for the production of the volatile oil. Only the blue, ripe berries are picked.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner
Cautions & Interactions: Do not take during pregnancy. Keep out of reach of children.