The healing properties of the juniper
Juniper - coniferous, as a rule, lowA tree, or a bush from the family of cypress trees. In height, it usually reaches from 1 to 3 meters, leaves are long-pointed, linear, covered with a waxy membrane, the bark is flaky, brown. The juniper blooms in May. Single fruits, pine cones of black color, ripen only in the autumn of next year.
Juniper is common in the European part of Russia, in Siberia, in the Caucasus, in the Urals. The plant grows in coniferous forests, along the edge of the forest and mountains. Forms thicket on the edge of the forest.
For the preparation of a medicament fromJuniper fruit (shishko-berries) are used, which mature late in the autumn. Under a bush of a juniper put canvases, shake off on them fruits and sort them. After sorting, the fruits are dried in fresh air, or in a special oven at a temperature of no more than 40 degrees Celsius, stirring constantly. Drying in other conditions is not recommended, as the medicinal qualities of the juniper are lost. With proper drying, the medicinal fruits are stored for 3 years.
The fruits of juniper contain a largeAmount of organic acids (malic, acetic, ascorbic), mineral salts, resins, waxes, sugary substances, colorants, essential oils (up to 2%). Essential oils are contained in the bark of juniper, and in leaves there is a lot of vitamin C And phytoncide (a biologically active substance with an antimicrobial effect).
Due to the content of essential oils, juniperHas a good diuretic effect. Essential oils enhance filtration properties and limit the absorption of certain salts, which contributes to better cleansing of the kidneys. But with some kidney diseases, juniper can be a strong irritant for kidney tissue.
Preparations prepared from juniper have an antimicrobial effect and promote the excretion of bile from the biliary tract, increase the secretion of gastric juice.
Also, essential oil helps to dissolve sputum and to easily remove it from the lungs.
Application in medicine.
In medicine, juniper is prescribed for edemaCardiovascular and renal origin. Also, juniper is used as an antimicrobial agent for inflammatory processes in the kidneys and urinary tracts, for excretion of sputum from the bronchi, for its liquefaction and expectoration. Often, doctors prescribe juniper as a means to stimulate appetite, with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, to improve the motor activity of the intestine and digestion.
Also, juniper is prescribed for diseasesBile ducts and liver, as it promotes the formation of bile and the excretion of it into the intestine (favorable with a tendency to form gallstones and bile stagnation).
Juniper is prescribed for the loss of strength, decreased immunity and anemia. It can also be used as compresses and baths for inflammation of the joints.
Acute inflammatory and especially infectious allergic diseases of the kidneys (glomerulonephritis) - the fruits of the plant irritate the tissue of the kidneys, and this can worsen the patient's condition.
Recipes for preparation of medicines from juniper.
- Infusion for internal use:
A tablespoon of juniper fruit pour intoEnameled dishes and pour a glass of hot water. After that, on a steam bath bring to a boil and boil for 15 minutes. Cool and dilute with water to the original volume. Take this infusion should be 3 times a day for 1 tablespoon after eating. Infusion can be stored in the refrigerator, but not more than three days.
- Chewing fruit:
When the forces decline in the spring, it is recommendedThe use of juniper fruit. Start consuming fruit from 4 pieces per day and bring up to 15, increasing the amount by one per day. Further, the use of fruit is gradually reduced to the original amount.
Juniper is a wonderful healing plant. But remember, medicinal properties of juniper can also have a negative effect on the body. Therefore, before starting treatment, a doctor's consultation is necessary.