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Arnica Salve for Sprains and Bruises

Arnica montanais a yellow mountain flower that is particularly good at relieving the pain associated with sore muscles, sprains, strains and bruises. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that rival over-the-counter painkillers, all wrapped up in one pretty flower.
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For the Infused Oil

For the Salve


For the Infused Oil

  • Combine the arnica flowers with the coconut, olive, and sweet almond oils in a half-pint jar. 
  • Cover the jar with a lid and shake to mix well. 
  • Put the jar in a cool, dark place to infuse for 4 to 6 weeks. 
  • When you are ready to make the salve, strain the flowers from the oil using a fine-mesh sieve. If the coconut oil has solidified in the oil infusion, gently heat it by setting the jar in a pan of warm water to melt the oil before straining. 
  • Measure out ½ cup of the infused oil. 
  • Put the oil into a double boiler on medium heat. 
  • Add the beeswax to the oil and continue to heat until it has completely melted. 
  • Next, add the shea butter, and when it has melted, remove the mixture from the heat. 
  • Carefully pour the mixture into jars or tins. 
  • Let the salve cool and set up for 3 to 4 hours before use.
  • Apply the salve on sore muscles, sprains, strains and bruises as often as needed for several days, or until the pain has subsided. 
  • This arnica salve is safe to use on children ages 8 and older following a patch test. Rub a small amount of the salve on the back of the hand and wait to see if there is any reaction before using. 
  • Yields about 5 ounces of salve. 


Other pain-relieving herbs you can use are Saint John’s wort, cayenne and peppermint.