CEDAR BERRIES: Support for the pancreas

CEDAR BERRIES: COMMON NAMES: Single Seeded Cedar Berry, Juniperus monosperma, One-seed Juniper, Cherrystone Juniper, Redberry Juniper, New Mexico Cedar, West Texas Juniper, and Sabina. The Cedar Berry tree is an evergreen of the needle bearing variety that can be found in areas of the American Southwest such as Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.  It is a very hardy species able to thrive in poor soil where other trees fail.  The berries of these trees have been used in herbal medicine for many years and may aid in the correction of many different conditions.  Used alone or in a blend with other herbs, this wonderful berry is thought to aid in the relief of symptoms from: coughs, fevers, rheumatism, scurvy, tuberculosis, diabetes, toothaches, and has also been used to promote menstruation. It has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, stimulates the immune system, cleans the lymph system, and can be used externally for warts.  This berry can be taken internally as well as used topically.

Contraindications and side effects: Caution: Cedar (Juniper) berries should not be taken internally by pregnant women as it can stimulate uterine contractions.  Cedar berries should not be taken by individuals with renal problems.  Overuse of Cedar berries can cause renal damage.  Do not use more than the recommended amount.

 

PROPERTIES AND USES: Supports and corrects pancreatic function, promotes menstruation, cough, fever, joint ailments, and stimulates immune system.

 

PARTS USED: Seeds and pods.

 

Scientific classification

Kingdom:        Plantae

Division:          Pinophyta

Class:               Pinopsida

Order:              Pinales

Family:            Cupressaceae

Genus:             Juniperus

Species:           J. monosperma

 

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