Arnica Flowers - whole

Herbs: Arnica Flowers - Whole

Common Name: Arnica
Latin Name: Heterotheca indloides
Origin: Mexico

Short Description:

Arnica has been traditionally used externally for bruises, joint pain and muscle soreness. It is wonderful for helping your little ones get through their bumps and bruises without looking like a purple and blue munchkin. Also for the hardworking man who comes home at night sore and stiff. Our favorite way to use this valuable herb is as a soothing salve.

Arnica Salve Recipe-
Making a salve might sound difficult, but it isn’t! The thing that takes the longest is infusing your favorite oil with Arnica. The best way for you to do this is in a crock pot on very low heat. 

1. Stuff a mason jar 1/3 full with herbs.

2. Fill jar with oil of your choice (coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc.), leaving at least one inch from the top of jar. Screw a lid on tight.

3. Put a wash cloth in the bottom of the crock pot. Put jar in the center of the pot (on the wash cloth). Fill the crock pot with water, one inch below top of jar.

4. Keep crock pot on low heat (oil needs to be very hot but not boiling) for 3 days. Water will evaporate out of the pot, so keep adding water as needed. NEVER pour cold water over a hot glass jar.

5.With a cheese cloth (cotton sheet or t-shirt will work too) strain herb solids out of oil. Now you have a herbal infused oil. It is a great massage oil!!!

6. To make the oil into a salve you need Beeswax. You need approximately 2 oz. of grated beeswax for 8 to 9 oz. of infused oil.

7. On low heat, warm oil and beeswax until wax is all melted. Add a drop of vitamin E oil for every ounce of oil. This is a natural preservative.

8. While salve is still hot, pour into your container (wide mouth jar, can, etc.) and let sit over night or until salve is hard. Screw a lid on tight and label with name and date. Voila!! You have a salve!!!


  • If it is too soft for you, reheat it and add a bit more beeswax. If it is too hard reheat it and add a touch more oil.
  • Salve is a thick oil that is used for, cuts, bites, burns, rashes, boils, massage, and more. Salves can keep up to five years or more.
  • Keep out of light and extreme heat.

Precautions: Not to be taken internally or used on broken skin.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • Arnica is for external use only. Do not use it internally.
  • It's excellent in decoctions, rubbing alcohol or vinegar tinctures, salves/creams, etc.
  • Arnica can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and while nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any external application you choose.
  • It is very critical to store Arnica in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is highly recommended, but not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

Customer Reviews

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by Jennifer on Feb 25, 2014

Is your arnica organic?

    Re: Arnica
    by Bulk Herb Store on Feb 26, 2014

    Our Arnica at the the moment is not organic, however, we are working on getting everything that we supply in an organic form, so stay posted! Thanks!

Great for bruises!
by Katie on May 28, 2013

I had never heard of Arnica until I moved to Mexico a few years ago. My Mexican mother-in-law always has a salve made of Arnica in the medicine cabinet. Any time one of her sons would fall, bump or bang themselves she would run over with the Arnica and rub it on the spot. Most of the time the bruise would not even form. Now that I have a three year old son who is constantly climbing trees, running and falling etc I have proved many times over the power of Arnica. I just rub a little Arnica on the skin and it prevents the bruise! It is absolutely amazing! My sons preschool even has it in their first aid kit so that when a child falls they can rub it on them! Every mother should have arnica! A must have in the medicine cabinet!

Arnica: WONDERFUL for diabetic foot problems
by Miriam Cameron on May 15, 2012

My dear neighbor has had horrible foot problems for years due to her diabetes. This included swelling, and infection. When her husband went to the hospital after a heart attack i tried to cheer her up by giving her a "spa day". I soaked her feet in Arnica infusion and the next day her feet looked so much better!! I was originally nervous to use it on her feet because some skin looked broken but it was not very bad, so I gave it a shot and it turned out fantastic! Arnica is used to move pooled blood and it made the swelling go down. I believe a mixture of the hot Arnica infusion and the pooled up blood finally moving is what killed the infection.

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