Arnica Salve

Ingredients:                                            arnica salve set up

1 ½ cup (380 ml) organic coconut oil

3 tablespoons organic arnica flowers, dried

1 ½ tsp. organic menthol crystals

1-2 ounces raw beeswax

½ tsp. camphor (Zhāng Nǎo) essential oils, organic

10 drops eucalyptus essential oils, organic

6 drops clove bud (Dīng Xiāng) essential oils, organic

4 – 5 drops peppermint (Bò Hé) or menthol essential oils, organic


arnica oil infusionMethod:

  1. Prepare an herbal-oil infusion.   I did a Hot-Oil Extract.   According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health”, you can make a Hot-Oil Extract by “Place the herbs and the oil in a double boiler and bring to a low simmer.  Slowly heat for 30 to 90 minutes, checking frequently to be sure the oil is not overheating.”
  2. After the infusion period, strain the mixture  through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer .  Reserve 1 cup (240 ml) of oil and compost the plant material.
  3. Using a double boiler or small pot, heat – over a low setting- the herb-infused coconut oil and beeswax until the wax is completely melted.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  5. Add the menthol crystals and essential oils and stir until well combined.
  6. Pour  salve into a small glass mason jar, or small tins and allow to cool completely.
  7. Store in a cool, dark place.  It should keep for 1 – 3 years.


To  Use:

This rub is designed for external application ONLY.  Do not apply to broken skin.  Apply directly to affected area and massage.

According to research arnica is good for the following uses:arnica in containers

  • can be massaged into muscles, both before and after exertion
  • it stimulates the circulation
  • soothes bruises
  • relieves the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and tension headaches
  • repairs overworked muscles, tendon injuries, and sprains
  • acts as an anti-inflammatory by reducing inflammation and relieving the associated pain and swelling

Thanks Cynthia for sharing your arnica salve project!





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  1. I’m interested in cultivating this as i know it is an endangered plant that is highly sought after. i’ve seen it growing in shasta.

    Comment by jonathan — August 13, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  2. I have to thank Cynthia for making this for our class last term. I recently re-injured my knee and have been using this daily. I’d like to make some of my own. Where can I get arnica flowers?

    Comment by Lisa Polson — September 4, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  3. Thanks Lisa. I hope it has been helpful. How much Arnica do you need? I purchased a fairly large amount (8 oz.) and still have about half the bag left. Mine is from Mountain Rose Herbs and is Certified Organic. Would you like to purchase some of mine?

    Comment by Cynthia — September 7, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  4. I would love to purchase some of yours. I’m in class T-TH from until 7 or so. Can you email me at


    Comment by Lisa Polson — September 7, 2013 @ 11:40 am

  5. I injured my knee and have been using this salve daily for pain.

    Comment by Jodi Host — October 29, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

  6. This is interesting. I think it will be my next experiment at home, in an attempt to remedy my occasional tension headaches. Thanks!

    Comment by Kim O'Berry — November 30, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

  7. I’ve just found the first thing i’m making over winter break! I’ve been looking for something to relieve some knee pain for my husband and this sounds perfect.

    Comment by Katie Keville — December 5, 2013 @ 10:07 am

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