Carminative, contraceptive, and widely used as a strong diuretic. Commercially harvested for diuretic and laxative products. Also used in folk remedies for flatulence, urinary cystitis, colic, coughs, and stomachaches. Juniper berries are used to flavor gin. Medically Approved in Germany for use in teas as appetite stimulants and stomach soothers.
Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis)
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The bark is employed as a tinder and is also made into a slow match[216, 257]. The crushed bark was twisted into a rope, tied at intervals with yucca (Yucca species), and wrapped into a coil. The free end was set on fire and kept smouldering by blowing on it at intervals. Fire could be carried in this fashion for several hours. The bark can be wound around a stick and used as a torch to provide light and carry fire to a new campsite.
The bark can be rubbed between the hands until it is soft and the fibres can then be woven into clothing. The bark can also be rolled into rope, coiled and then sown to form sandal shoes.
The root fibre is used to make twined baskets.
The branches have been burnt as an incense and fumigant in the home.
The dried seeds have been used as beads or as the ‘rattle’ in rattles.
Wood – very close-grained, light, soft, exceedingly durable. It is easily worked and can be exquisitely finished. Because of its small size, however, it is mainly used for fencing, fuel[46, 61, 82, 229].
Cultivation & Habitat
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