Detox And The Benefits Of Juniper

by damien

Discover all the benefits of Juniper.This plant with detox properties !

Geneva and its importance during a detox

The juniper, powerful diuretic, is a plant with a DETOX function par excellence.

To remove the "miasmas" from their houses and purify them, the Romans used to burn juniper branches.This word evokes the need for a DETOX  in order to free oneself from its miasmas.

Juniper (Juniperus communis) takes its name from the Celtic wordJuneprus which means 'pungent' in relation to the very particular flavour of the berries.

Its branches give shelter to hares, when they are pursued by a hunting dog, because their characteristic scent confuses them.

The juniper is a conifer of the Cupressaceae family.

It is a bushy shrub, 50 cm to 5 metres high, which grows on moors, wasteland and limestone soils throughout Europe, from north to south. Its root is strong, twiggy.

Its stem is branched from ground level, forming a bush.Its bark is brown, reddish and rough.Its leaves are narrow, rigid, evergreen, and end in a sharp point, which makes them look like needles.

The fruit of the juniper is a fleshy, blackish-blue berry, the size of a pea, which contains three seeds.

Apart from medicinal use, juniper berries are used to make a famous brandy, "Gin", as well as in cooking, to enhance the taste of certain dishes, for example sauerkraut.

Everything about juniper is good, therapeutically: wood, leaves, berries (from which a precious essential oil is extracted).

Since ancient times, juniper has been used mainly for its spectacular diuretic action.

Dioscorides, the physician of the emperor Nero, advises juniper "to make one urinate", for the stomach and for the bronchi.

Cato, in the work "De rustica", indicates juniper wine "to provoke urine" and to dispel stomach aches as well as swelling of the belly.

Matthiole advises juniper as a diuretic, depurative, antirheumatic and disinfectant of the urinary tract.

A century ago, the famous Abbot Sebastian Kneipp made juniper an essential remedy for purifying the blood (excellent DETOX action) and in skin diseases.

Flemish herbalists made the legendary "Haarlem Oil" against rheumatism by mixing juniper essential oil with bay laurel oil.

Composition, attributes, and essential indications of Juniper for your Detox


  • Juniperine
  • Juniper Camphor
  • Borneol
  • Isoborneol
  • Pinene
  • Camphene
  • Terpineol
  • Formic acid
  • Acetic acid
  • Malic acid
  • Pectin
  • Tannin


  • Powerful diuretic (promotes urinary excretion)
  • Depurative (acting in particular on the liver emunctory)
  • Antirheumatic (promotes elimination of uric acid)
  • Stomachic, digestive, carminative
  • Digestive, pulmonary, urinary, blood antiseptic
  • General tonic for visceral functions
  • Hypoglycaemic
  • Sudorific


  • Obesity, overweight
  • Edema
  • Rheumatism, arthritis, gout ...
  • Dermatoses
  • Hepatic sluggishness
  • Slow digestion, bloating
  • Urinary cystitis
  • Albuminuria
  • Intestinal fermentation
  • Colibacillosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Painful menstruation
  • Diabetes
  • Coryza, rhinitis
  • Febrile states


Complementary Articles :