This quick and easy Juniper Muscle Rub works great for massaging into a local area of overworked or stiff muscles. The juniper plant has long been used to help with muscle and joint pain, and has shown in vivo pain reducing and anti-inflammatory activity. More studies are warranted.
Lavender and peppermint have shown in both human and animal studies to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Juniper Muscle Rub Ingredients
1/2 cups of sweet almond oil
30 drops of juniper berry essential oil
15 drops of lavender essential oil
15 drops of peppermint essential oil
Juniper Muscle Rub Instructions
Blend ingredients. Then, store in a sealed container. Adults, rub about a tablespoon on one local area for muscle pain. Consult a Doctor for possible contra-indications. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.
Additional Ingredients to Enhance this Muscle Rub Recipe
1/4 ounce of menthol crystals
1/4 ounce of oil or alcohol infused arnica
1/4 ounce of oil or alcohol infused magnesium
Note: Arnica or magnesium infused in an oil with mix better with other carrier oils than if you use alcohol infused arnica or magnesium. If you use alcohol infusions, mix this recipe in a high powered mixer or blender.
Juniper Muscle Rub – Salve Recipe
Salves offer a nice thick consistency for rubbing onto muscles. This recipe takes a little more time than the one listed above, but is still quite easy to make. You just need a double boiler and a some bee’s wax and shea butter added to the first recipe to make this muscle salve. Here is a Basic Salve Recipe.
2 cups of sweet almond oil
2 Tbsp of bee’s wax
2 Tbsp of shea butter
60 drops of juniper berry essential oil (about 3 mL)
30 drops of lavender essential oil (about 1.5 mL)
30 drops of peppermint essential oil (about 1.5 mL)
In a double boiler, add all ingredients except the essential oil. Next, melt everything down, remove from heat, then add the essential oil. Immediately pour into glass jars. Then, allow to cool / harden. Once completely cool, cover with a lid.
Adults, rub about a tablespoon on one local area for muscle pain. Consult a Doctor for possible contra-indications. Discontinue use if any irritation occurs.
Acupressure with aromatic lavender oil reduced neck pain. From: Yip, Y. B., & Tse, S. H. M. (2006). An experimental study on the effectiveness of acupressure with aromatic lavender essential oil for sub-acute, non-specific neck pain in Hong Kong. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 12(1), 18-26.
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC) NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT
This categorized compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use. These statements are not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases. The information at this page has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Consult a Doctor before using herbs and essential oils if you have medical conditions, are taking medications, or have questions.