How to Make Juniper Berry Ointment for Joint, Muscle and 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
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: