Juniper Berry Winter Tonic

My neighbour dropped in some Juniper berries he collected down by the river. What a wonderful gift and perfect timing too for making a warming cold and flu drink as the days get colder. Traditionally used as a diuretic and carminative, it is the volatile oils that act on the system. Juniper berries are also anti-septic and decongestant. I use the essential oil in varicose vein creams and in aching muscle herbal bath oils.

Here's the warming decongestant cold and flu drink we made up yesterday.

~ Juniper Berry Winter Tonic ~
10 Juniper berries - crushed
5 Cloves
Half a lemon - chopped fine
1 tsp Grated lemon rind
1 cup Water

Boil up the water with the cloves and crushed berries. Simmer for 10mins with the lid on the pot - to keep in those volatile oils. Add in the lemon and grated rind and simmer for another few minutes. Strain and drink hot.

This is a strong drink so taking 2 cups a day for 3 days is plenty. Enjoy!

About Ivywood

Herbalists Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso have moved their businesses and family to a new piece of land in Co Clare. They are busy creating new spaces on the land to reestablish their clinical practice and medicinal herb nursery. Formerly Bareroot Botanicals and Iona Herbal they have now renamed the woodland and business Ivywood.



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