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Natural Remedy for UTIs
Juniper Berries for Urinary Tract Infections

Juniper berries have long been used to treat oncoming and mild Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and they are a great alternative to using antibiotics. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of juniper berries make them a natural remedy that can be quite effective. They are also a diuretic which means that they assist in flushing out the urethra and bladder, thus cleansing them of harmful bacteria.

The most common ways to take juniper berries to treat a UTI are in a tea, supplement, tincture or eating them whole. To see more about how to determine if you have a UTI, please see our article on Urinary Tract Infections.

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How to Make Juniper Berry Tea

To enjoy the freshest method of juniper berries, simply add a tablespoon of them to a cup of boiling water and let steep approximately 20 minutes before drinking it. You can additionally eat the juniper berries as well. Typically to alleviate symptoms of a mild UTI, you can drink the tea twice daily.

How to Make a Juniper Berry Tincture

Making a juniper berry tincture requires a few weeks to make so this method is typically used by one who already has the tincture available when they develop symptoms of a UTI. To make a juniper berry tincture for a UTI, use a glass canning jar with lid up to a quart size. Fill the jar half full of medicinal alcohol, vodka or brandy and half full with juniper berries. You can also add a touch of bidens such as Beggar's Ticks and or Spanish Needles for added potency. Then close the jar making sure not to allow any air to get inside in order to prevent the tincture from rotting. Then store the jar shaking it once a day for 5 days in a dark location. After the five days are complete, blend the tincture and put back in the jar for 5 more weeks. Finally use cheesecloth to strain the tincture putting only the liquid into a bottle and seal. Store the tincture in a dark and cool place until you are ready to use it. A typical dose of such a tincture for the beginning of a UTI is 6-12 drops under the tongue or in a beverage 3 times per day.

Taking Juniper Berry Supplements

Juniper berry supplements are available in capsule form and you can opt to take them alone or in a blend with other herbs such as golden rod, dandelion and uvi ursi.

Juniper Berry Precautions

Most adults can safely take juniper berries for as long as 4 weeks. As they can strain the kidney's it is discouraged to use them longer than that as this can lead to unwanted health issues. Also, some may find juniper berries to be harsh on the stomach so taking it in small doses to begin with is a good idea in order to determine if it causes any stomach irritation.

Before taking any supplement it is best to review it with you physician and if you suspect you have a urinary tract infection it is a good idea to have a urine test to determine the severity of it as they can become dangerous when they spread to the kidneys.

Juniper berries are not recommended for the following people-

  • Pregnant women (can induce labor and cause a miscarriage)
  • Children
  • Those people with blood sugar issues (can decrease blood sugar)
  • Those people with kidney disease
  • Those taking lithium

 



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