Juniper berries are seeds that come from the juniper plant. It has been used for kidney health and to speed healing from urinary tract infections. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Juniper berry can also be made into a tea, used as an essential oil, or eaten whole. It can also be used as a cream.
There are no advised doses for juniper berry.
What Research Shows
Not Enough Data to Assess
There is not enough data to support that juniper berry is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.
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It is likely safe for most people to take juniper berry and to use it on the skin for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use juniper berry.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 6/22/2020