Juniper communis

Plant family: Cupressaceae (Cypress family)

Part used: fruit

Taste: aromatic, spicy

Historical commentary: Juniper has long been used as a remedy for kidney diseases; it is also considered valuable for arthralgia.


Diuretic: relieves edema and promotes free flow of urine.

Antiseptic: inhibits bacterial infection, especially of the urinary system.

Digestive aid: relieves gas and bloating (carminative), improves appetite and alleviates gastric insufficiency and distress (stomachic).

Antirheumatic: alleviates joint pain.

Modern findings: Juniper relieves smooth muscle contraction.

Dosage: 2-4 grams, less when combined with other diuretic or digestive herbs.

Active constituents: The essential oils are the main active constituent; these are mainly monoterpenes, such as pinene and borneol, but there are also sesquiterpenes, such as caryophyllene.

Cautions: Not recommended during pregnancy due to strong action of the essential oils; prolonged use or overdosing may cause kidney damage (the herb should not be used for cases of chronic kidney disease).

Künzle Formula: Slimming Tea.