Juniperus communis

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Herbal medicine
An evergreen shrub, the berries of which contain flavonoids, gallotannin, vitamin C and volatile oils (including camphene, juniperin, limonene, myrcene, pinene, sabinene, terpinene and thujone). Juniper is antiseptic, antitussive, carminative, diuretic and expectorant, and has been used to treat urinary tract infections, neuralgia, rheumatic complaints, gout and sciatica.
Toxic effects
Juniper should not be used internally in pregnancy or in those with kidney disease.
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Annenkov traces a number of common names for savin in Russian, suggesting a widespread knowledge of its existence and difference from common juniper.
We assumed our captive moose would have similar forage selection as wild moose that prefer Scots pine, typically reject Norway spruce, and have intermediate use of common juniper (Hornberg 2001, Mansson et al.
The absolute mean feeding time was higher for boxes with odour of the essential oil of Norway spruce (80%) and common juniper (19%); the opposite occurred for limonene (13% lower) and camphene (4% lower) (Table 1, Fig.
The biggest jump in relative size was achieved by the new champion common juniper. The old 18-foot-tall Michigan champ is still huge for a species that is more used to being stepped over than looked up to, but the new champion, also in Michigan, is more than twice as big in all measurements.
The berries of the common juniper (Juniperus communis) are the fruits that flavor gin, which some people claim-with or without tongue in cheek-is a corrective for that run-down feeling.
Juniperus communis 'Compressa', or the common juniper, is a bit bigger and grows from 50cm to a metre.