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.
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.