More Information on Juniper Berries
Prolonged use may irritate the kidneys and cause blood in the urine.
Prolonged use may deplete the body of potassium (because of the diuretic effects).
When using externally, do not apply to open wounds.
Women should avoid juniper berries during pregnancy because they can stimulate uterine contractions. When given to rats, they have been shown to cause miscarriages.
Safety for young children has not been established.
To make a cup of tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of juniper berries, cover, steep for 20 minutes, and strain. You can drink up to 2 cups a day.
You can also use the tea for external use. Soak a clean cloth in the tea, wring it out, and apply to the affected area.
Recipe (Anasazi Beans)
The following is a simple and healthy recipe using juniper berries:
• Rinse 2 cups of dried anasazi beans, cover them with cold water, and set aside overnight.
• Lightly bruise 8 juniper berries and 10 coriander seeds in a mortar.
• Warm 1 tablespoon of light olive oil in a soup pot (wide-bottomed). Add 1 small onion (chopped), the berries and seeds, 1 teaspoon of ground red chile, and 1 teaspoon of dried oregano. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes (stir occasionally). Drain the beans. Add the beans and 2 1/2 quarts of fresh water to the pot. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for about 40 minutes. Add salt to desired taste. Continue cooking (about another 30 minutes) until the beans are tender.
You can also buy juniper berry extract or capsules. Use as directed.