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Arnica Pain Salve Recipe

by Mary
(Corvallis, Oregon)

Q: I have some Arnica oil and would like to make a pain salve or cream using it. Does anyone have a recipe or guidance on how much Arnica oil to use? I love the pain salve in the 5 Oils Toolkit eBook and was wondering if I could use it and just add the Arnica oil - but I need to know how much Arnica oil.

Thanks for any help you can give me! Mary

A: You can definitely adapt the recipe from the 5 Oils Toolkit :) For folks who don't yet have the eBook, here's a free preview of the recipe:

Pain Salve Recipe


1/4 cup Shea Butter
1 tablespoon Beeswax, grated
1 tablespoon Virgin Coconut oil or Sweet Almond oil
1/4 teaspoon (or 1 capsule) Vitamin E
7 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Peppermint essential oil


  1. Place the shea butter, beeswax and oil in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a LOW HEAT until they're melted. Remove from heat and add the essential oils and vitamin E.

  2. Pour into a dark glass or PET plastic jar. Store in a cool, dark place.

Note: Increasing the beeswax will make the salve more solid, while increasing the oil will make it softer.

This salve has a long shelf life because it has no water in it. That said, it's best used within 6 months to a year because sometimes carrier oils can go "off" over time.

So now... To make this an Arnica Pain Salve recipe, simply replace the tablespoon of Coconut oil/Almond oil with Arnica oil. Easy!

Want more recipes like this one? Click here to get the 5 Oils Toolkit. It's great value!

If you want to make your own arnica pain salve, here's some quick links for picking up your supplies...

Shea butter


Coconut oil

Sweet almond oil

Arnica oil

Vitamin E oil

Lavender essential oil

Peppermint essential oil

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Arnica Essential Oil NEW
by: Shelaghna

Hi Anonymous,
Are you sure you have Arnica Pure Essential Oil? I have never known this to be available as it is very toxic indeed in its pure state.

I'm afraid if somehow you do have it, I couldn't comment on its use.

Better to purchase the tincture etc.

Best ....

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% of Arnica in Balms NEW
by: Shelaghna

Hi Mary,

Please see my recipe at bottom of page. You will see I mention to use no more than 10% Arnica Tincture but nearer the 5% works best.

Hope this helps.

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by: Anonymous

I have arnica essential oil, not the infused oil. How much of the essential oil should I use?

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by: Kyley

Thanks Shelaghna! Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing :)

Arnica Pain Salve Recipe NEW
by: Shelaghna

Here is the recipe I use. Everyone loves this and it works great. Fantastic on sunburn etc.

Arnica and Aloe Vera Healing Balm
100mls oil (of your choice - I usually use Organic Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Coconut Oil)
2 tablespoons grated Beeswax
1 Tablespoon Organic Aloe Vera Gel
5 mls Arnica Tincture
10 drops Vitamin E Oil
8 drops each Rosemary Essential Oil and Eucalyptus

Heat in a double boiler the Oils and Beeswax till can take it off the heat now and ...
Add the Aloe Vera, the Arnica,and the essential oils.

I also add 20 drops of (organic (eco) preservative
but will last a long time without this anyways.
I also like to keep mine in the fridge as it is so nice when cool. It's firm but just melts in your hands.

ENJOY! It's really nice.

NB: Use of Arnica Tincture: Massage bars, ointments and balms use up to 10% otherwise the Tincture will separate from the ready made product. Optimal would be closer to 5%.

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