How to Make Juniper Berry Ointment for Joint, Muscle and Arthritis Pain Relief

arthritis pain relief

I have written in the past about arthritis pain relief using natural remedies, as well as massage oil using dandelion for joint pain relief. But not long ago I heard about another remedy that can relieve these symptoms using juniper berries.

With their warming, stimulating, and anti inflammatory properties, juniper berries have many medicinal uses. This time I would like to concentrate on the link between juniper berry and joint, muscle and arthritis pain relief.

The juniper berry has anti-inflammatory properties and it’s of great help to those suffering from arthritis, gout and other diseases such as rheumatism and pain in the joints and muscles. These joint related ailments occur because of the fluid retention around these joints, and the juniper berry with its diuretic action relieves this pressure considerably. Juniper also helps in reviving the muscle tone and significantly reducing the effects of aging for most people.

Juniper seems to be safe for most adults when taken short-term, but don’t use it for longer than four weeks. Long-term use can cause kidney problems. Juniper also seems to be safe when applied to the skin in small areas. However this ointment shouldn’t be used by pregnant women because it can stimulate the uterus.

Juniper Berry Ointment Recipe

1 cup ripe juniper berries
distilled water
2 cups oil (such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil)
2 – 3 Tbsp. beeswax

Soak the juniper berries in distilled water for several hours or overnight. Lightly crush the berries and place them and oil in the top of a double boiler (bain-marie) over low heat. Bring the water to a simmer for several minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and strain the juniper berries. Discard the berries and preserve the oil. Put the strained juniper berry oil back in the double boiler and put it back on a low heat. Stir in the beeswax and allow it to melt. Pour the juniper berry ointment into sterilized airtight jars and allow to set. Massage the juniper berry ointment as needed into sore joints and muscles.

If you suffer from arthritis, you may find these natural remedies helpful as well:

Natural Remedies for Arthritis




25 Responses to How to Make Juniper Berry Ointment for Joint, Muscle and Arthritis Pain Relief

  1. Elizabeth Deuson says:

    I want to make sure the Junipers available to me are the right ones. Can you help me identify the right Junipers? I love your posts and make quite a few.
    Thank you.

  2. Fran says:

    Can I make this using Juniper essental oil instead of berries?

  3. Lidia Lau says:

    Then if I use the juniper essential oil instead of the berries, all I have to do is mix it with the melted beeswax?

    • Jenny says:

      No. If you use essential oil you still need the carrier oil, as you need to dilute the essential oil and not apply it directly on your skin. The guideline is usually 10-12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil.

  4. kelly says:

    where do I fine these berries!?????

    • Jenny says:

      If you cannot find them in your area, you can buy dried ones online or in health food stores, or use juniper essential oil instead (10-12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil).

  5. Karen Wilkie says:

    Can you use dried juniper berries for this? I have some that I bought from Mountain Rose Herbs.

    • Jenny says:

      Yes you can use dried berries, but the amount should be smaller (about half or third of the fresh amount) as dried herbs are more concentrated in their properties.

  6. Ruth says:

    Can I add a scented oil – such as lavender or rose ?

  7. can you mix dandelion oil and juniper oil recipes?

    • Jenny says:

      I wouldn’t do it. Each one is separate recipe and they were not meant to be mixed.

      • Tina says:

        Do YOU just prefer not to mix oils, or is there a reason you don’t? With anything I’ve ever made, the more oils I put in, the more benefits I get. Some oils just work better when mixed….like comfrey and calendula.

        • Jenny says:

          One of the questions was whether to mix the recipe of the dandelion oil and this recipe of the juniper oil. There are no “set” rules of “do” or “don’t”. Because these are separate recipes, I think one should try one and see if it works for him/her and if not, he/she can try another recipe. However I don’t believe there is any damage in mixing the oils if you want to do so.

  8. Renee Strange says:

    Can this ointment be used on swollen ankles, and is it critical to add the beeswax?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Renee, you can try to see if it works for your swollen ankles. As for the beeswax – you don’t have to add it, and then you will get a massage oil. Adding the beeswax giving it a consistency of ointment.

  9. Regina Zaring says:

    Is there a shelf life on this?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Regina, the shelf life is quite long and can be several months, and even up to a year if kept in the fridge. If you make a batch of it, keep only the jar you are using out, and store the rest in the fridge. Using small containers helps to make sure it doesn’t sit out too long.

  10. Becki says:

    Doing this in the next few days. Sorry to be so dense, but do I discard the distilled water that I soak the berries in or crush them in the soak water? Thanks

    • Jenny says:

      After soaking the juniper berries overnight, you use only the soaked berries without the water, and then lightly crush them.

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