Talk:Juniper

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Poisonous[edit]

I have often heard that Juniper berries are poisonous; however, not so in the quantities present in gin. Any idea where this legend comes from and if there is any factual basis?

Some first peoples in BC were willing to eat the fruit from Juniper (Turner, Nancy J. Food Plants of Interior First Peoples (Victoria: UBC Press, 1997) ISBN 0-7748-0606-0) and even the bark, but both in small quantities. Does anyone know any more about this? Anyone know specific chemicals in the berries that would be toxic? Khono (talk) 12:00, 28 January 2008 (UTC)

Juniper berry oil has GRAS status (Generally Recognised As Safe), and has many uses in food and drink besides gin, so unlikely... Cjsunbird (talk) 13:46, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

Individual species[edit]

Transferring the individually described species to separate pages - more to follow. MPF 01:18, 29 Jan 2004 (UTC)

When I'm done the classification page in full, I'll remove the duplication on the main page MPF 01:52, 29 Jan 2004 (UTC)

Router vendor[edit]

Juniper could also mean a router vendor so, how do you highlight that

Done - MPF 20:27, 19 Sep 2004 (UTC)

How many species?[edit]

The description box to the right says that there are 50-55 species, while the first few sentances state that there are 50-67. Maybe someone should take a look at that, as I am not a biology expert:)

An oversight; sorted. - MPF 17:50, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

New World/Old World[edit]

Is the division in New world and Old world accepted? I think it sounds too United States centred, Wouldn't the American continent and the Eurasian continent be more descriptive? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 193.251.135.118 (talkcontribs)

It is the most compact way of putting it; several Old World species occur in Africa as well as Europe and Asia, so saying 'Eurasian continent' doesn't fit. - MPF 09:17, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Juniper as an aquaretic[edit]

Juniper is listed as an aquaretic on the Wikipedia aquaretic page and also on the diuretic page. I don't know enough about this myself to add anything to the juniper page; perhaps someone could look into this? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 208.42.100.65 (talk) 19:43, 4 May 2007 (UTC).

Native American medicine, diabetes, and current studies[edit]

There were claims made re the effectiveness of juniper as a remedy for diabetes, based on traditional Native American usage; there was a "fact claim" warning generated; the proper source *may* be the Tilford book, but it is unclear from context whether the Tilford book is a source for all claims in the start of this paragraph or just the contraception claim. I linked to some contemporary scientific (apparently) studies re juniper, diabetes, and Navajo practice. In general I left in *treatment* as a verifiable claim but removed any reference, stated or implied, to proven efficacy, which is apparently still controversial. Doprendek (talk) 21:23, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

The reference given was only research to establish that juniper is used by Navajo for diabetes - not about its effectiveness... Cjsunbird (talk) 14:24, 30 March 2010 (UTC)