Today, when the word juniper is mentioned, many think of food. A saddle of venison or marinated beef just wouldn’t be the same without these black berries. At the same time, the fragrant wood of the juniper tree is also readily used for smoking ham and, without its berries, the Brits would have never come up with their national drink – gin. The health-promoting effect of juniper has, however, been forgotten though once considered one of the most important plants used in medicine back in the Middle Ages. Prepared as a tea, juniper not only aids digestion, but is also a diuretic and counteracts heartburn. Externally, it is used to treat gout and rheumatism, promote circulation and relax muscles.
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