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Woman standing in her kitchen with a jar of arnica flowers steeping in olive oil.

Homemade Arnica Oil

Making a homemade arnica oil is very easy. You just need two ingredients and about a month's time and you'll soon have an herbal oil that's a wonderful anti-inflammatory oil, great for use in salves, butters, creams and lotions.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 30 days
Total Time: 30 days 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Carolyn Thomas

Ingredients

  • 4 cups arnica flowers
  • 3 cups oil

Instructions

  • Harvest your arnica flowers.
  • Allow them to dry out in the sun or a warm, dry place for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Fill a clean mason jar (any size) with arnica flowers.
  • Cover the flowers with oil.
  • Secure with a lid and place in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks.
  • Shaking the jar several times a day for the first week, and then once daily for the remainder of the four weeks.
  • Strain flowers out using a fine mesh sieve or butter-muslin and store oil in a sealed jar in a cool area, out of direct sunlight.

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Notes

  • Be sure to harvest arnica flowers just before they fully bloom. They have the most medicinal benefits at this stage.
  • Allow flowers to dry in the sun to let any bugs crawl off and any extra water evaporate.
  • You want to be sure to shake your jar daily to break up any chance of mold forming on flowers that are above the oil.
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