American Indians have used juniper to treat diabetes. Clinical studies have shown that treatment with juniper may retard the development of streptozotocin diabetes in mice. Native Americans also used juniper berries as a female contraceptive. The 17th Century herbalist physician Nicholas Culpeper recommended the ripened berries for conditions such as asthma and sciatica, as well as to speed childbirth.
Juniper berries are steam distilled to produce an essential oil that may vary from colorless to yellow or pale green. Some of its chemical joomla.com/" title="joomla Components" target="_blank">Components are alpha pinene, cadinene, camphene and terpineol.
Alcohols, cadinene, camphene, essential oils, flavone, resin, sabinal, sugar, sulfur, tannins, terpinene.
Diuretic. Recommended for: asthma, bladder infection, fluid retention, gout, kidney problems, obesity, prostate disorders, inflammation, congestion, regulation of blood sugar levels.