European herbalists vouch for the effectiveness of juniper berries in reducing arthritis pain. According to the European folk medicines, juniper berry is best suited for fighting chronic joint pain during autumn and winter. Scientific studies have attributed the healing property of juniper berry to its anti-inflammatory compounds.
Homemade juniper berry ointment is a good choice for managing chronic arthritis pain. When you massage your joints affected by arthritis with juniper berry ointment, the anti-inflammatory constituents of the berry penetrates the skin and reaches the swollen tissues. They suppress activities of the inflammatory molecules present at the site, and provide fast relief from inflammation and pain. Juniper berry ointment is a safe remedy for arthritis pain and hence suitable for long-term use.
Here Is How You Can Make Juniper Berry Ointment To Treat Arthritis Pain
How to Make Juniper Berry Ointment
You can make juniper berry ointment in two ways – with the fresh berries and essential oil of juniper berry. To prepare ointment with fresh juniper berries, you will need a cup of fully ripe juniper berries, two cups of olive oil, two tablespoons of grated beeswax and two cups of water.
In a pan, put the berries and pour water. Soak the berries overnight in the water. On the next day, strain the water and crush the juniper berries. Pour olive oil in a pan and add the crushed berries. Simmer the juniper berries and olive oil mixture on low heat, preferably using a double boiler, for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the burner and strain the oil. Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax. Combine the juniper berries infused oil with the melted beeswax. Your juniper berry ointment is now ready for use. Store it in an airtight compartment.
Juniper Berry Ointment with Essential Oil
As fresh juniper berries are not always available, instead of the berries you can use the essential oil of juniper berry to make your pain-relief ointment.
Ingredients You Will Need
To make juniper berry ointment, you will need a cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of grated beeswax and 15 to 20 drops of juniper essential oil.
How to Make
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax. Combine olive oil with the melted beeswax and remove the pan from the heat. Add juniper essential oil to the wax and oil mixture and stir well. Store the ointment in a clean jar.