Common juniper

This plant is one of the basic ingredients used in making gin or borovička, and cannot be omitted as a spice for venison. Juniper cleanses the air, improves digestion and stimulates appetite in humans. When used topically, it works wonders for rheumatic pain or joint aches. Its fruits have analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Common juniper stimulates the metabolism and aids in reducing varicose veins.
A homemade tincture can be prepared easily: fill half a glass jar (1/2 pint) with slightly crushed juniper balls and cover with alcohol.  Leave for five weeks and shake occasionally. After the allotted time, sieve and use.

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