Juniper Berries

8.50

Ingredients: 100% Juniper Berries, whole

Origin: Hungary

Juniper berries are a member of the cypress family. They have been popular in Hungary and southern Europe where the trees are particularly widespread. They are classed as a spice and are considered to be a valued seasoning for game, venison, duck, rabbit, pork, ham and lamb. The berries can be used in savoury dishes, serving as an excellent flavouring in meat pates and terrines, as well as in sweet dishes such as cakes. They can be eaten fresh or dried, whole or ground, raw or cooked. The spice is most famously used to give gin its distinctive flavour due to the main flavour compound pinene which gives the pine tree its distinct scent.

Juniper berries have a long history of traditional use, treating a range of discomforts such as kidney and urinary tract infections, digestive issues, gout, warts and skin growths. Their antiseptic properties were well known amongst early civilizations. In medieval times, Juniper was used to ward off witchcraft and black magic. Its aromatic smoke was used for ritual purification. Egyptian papyrus dating back to 1500 BCE refers to the medicinal use of Juniper Berries in the treatment of tapeworm infestations. The Romans also used the berries for purification and stomach ailments.

Given the above, however, there is limited scientific research and laboratory studies to date pointing towards benefits of its consumption. Junipers have nonetheless been found to be rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, protecting the body from free radical damage.  Some research points at Juniper as being a powerful diuretic, helping to cleanse the system of excess fluids and stimulating the kidneys. Juniper Berries contain bitter compounds that stimulate bile flow and the production of digestive enzymes. This allows the body to breakdown foods more easily and enhances nutrient absorption. Due to their astringent properties, they have been found to be effective at relieving heartburn and other digestive upsets. Juniper Berries are sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Insulin”, with some studies showing that it contains natural insulin that can work in the body just like its pharmaceutical counterpart.

 

Disclaimer: Since all medicinal uses remain unproven, juniper berries should not be used in the treatment of any ailment. Please consult your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription medications before its use.

Weight 100 g
Caffeine Level

Naturally Caffeine Free

Pack Format

Loose Leaf Tea Zipper

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    Naturally Caffeine Free

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    Loose Leaf Tea Zipper

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