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Four tins of homemade arnica oil salve with homemade labels on each tin.

Homemade Herbal Arnica Salve

This easy recipe whips up in just a few minutes. You can use this pain relieving arnica salve for bumps, bruises, aches and pains, including muslce soreness and tension headaches.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 2 oz. tins
Author: Carolyn Thomas


  • 4 - 2 oz tins


  • 3/4 cup Arnica oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
  • 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil


  • Using a double boiler, add a couple cups of water into a pot. then place a heat-proof bowl over the top of the pot.
  • Turn the burner on and allow the water to come to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, measure out the ingredients. Once the water is boiling, add arnica oil and beeswax pellets to the bowl of your double-boiler and stir consistently until the beeswax has melted (about 5 minutes)
  • Once the beeswax has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes on the counter to cool slightly.
  • Combine vitamin E oil and essential oils, then pour into the oil and beeswax mixture.
  • Stir to incorporate all oils then pour into a clean, dry pourable measuring cup.
  • Carefully divide the oil equally between the four 2-ounce tins. Don't forget to label your tins!
  • Let cool completely and store in a cool, temperature controlled cupboard.


How to use Arnica salve:

  • Rub on any sore joints or muscles.
  • Apply to bruises or bumps.
  • Rub on the back of the neck and along the jawline for tension headaches. 
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