Reviewed on 9/23/2021

What Is Juniper and How Does It Work?

Juniper is an herb used to treat indigestion (dyspepsia), flatulence, heartburn, bloating, loss of appetite, urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney and bladder stones, snakebite, intestinal worms, gastrointestinal infections, diabetes, and cancer.

  • Topically, juniper is used to treat rheumatic pains, inflammatory diseases, and wounds.
  • There is insufficient reliable information about its effectiveness.
  • Juniper has diuretic properties.
  • Juniper is available under the following different brands and other names: juniperus communis.

What Are the Dosages of Juniper?

Dosages of Juniper:

Suggested Dosing


  • Follow manufacturer's instructions (e.g., 800 mg taken orally twice daily)


  • 1-2 g of berry taken orally three times per day


  • One cup orally three times per day
  • Steep 1 teaspoon crushed berry (2-3 g) in 150 mL boiling water for 10 min.

Essential oil

  • 20-100 mg; no more than 4 weeks

Liquid Extract (1:1 in 25% alcohol)

  • 2-4 mL taken orally three times per day

Tincture (1:5 in 45% alcohol)

  • 1-2 mL taken orally three times per day

Berry oil (1:5 in 45% alcohol)

  • 0.03-0.2 mL taken orally three times per day

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • There are no dosage considerations for use of juniper.


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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Juniper?

Side effects of juniper include:
  • No information available

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Juniper?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Juniper?


  • This medication contains juniper. Do not take juniperus communis if you are allergic to juniper or any ingredients contained in this drug.
  • Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


  • Pregnancy
  • Kidney inflammation

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information avai lable

Short-Term Effects

  • No information available

Long-Term Effects

  • No information available


  • May cause uterine contractions

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Avoid the use of juniper during pregnancy.
  • There is no information available about the use of juniper use during lactation. Consult your doctor.


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