Plant name:Juniperus communis
Common names: Juniper [USA], Gorst [England], Genevrier [France], Wacholder [Germany] Gui [China]
Properties: Acrid bitter sweet warm
Energetic Functions: 1) Expels wind dampness, 2) warms the interior expels cold, 3) invigorates blood, 4) drains dampness
Expels wind dampness: Expels wind cold dampness, joint pain, rheumatic pain, arthritis.
Warms the interior expels cold: Spleen Kidney yang deficiency with pale tongue, soggy pulse, morning diarrhea.
Invigorates blood: Uterine blood stagnation, painful menses, injuries.
Drains and transforms dampness: Chronic UTIs, urinary stones, clear white vaginal discharge.
Part used:The fruit
Caution: Not in pregnancy, may cause uterine contractions. Use only in cold conditions.
Notes: Juniper can cause the urine to smell like violets. (Not a bad side effect under certain circumstances!) May be used just prior to delivery to enhance labor.