How to Make and Use Arnica Oil

Arnica, Arnica montana, is THE herb that got us to get rid of all ibuprofen and acetaminophen in our home. Up until that point, we weren’t really big users of them anyways (especially once my autoimmune disease was gone) but always kept them around “just in case”.

It actually started with the homeopathic version of it - which is the only internal way to take Arnica (unless you are under the care of a clinician) and moved into working with the plant. *It is not generally recommended for internal use in whole plant form because it can cause myalgia, digestive issues, and other complaints. Clinicians who use Arnica internally dose carefully and formulate specifically for working with an herb like this.

Its also one of the herbs easily available OTC at big box stores, making it uses more common and accepted by mainstream society. Not that being accepted by mainstream society really matters - I like seeing people stepping away from harsh pharmaceuticals!

Arnica is wonderful antiinflammatory and vulnerary (wuond healing). One of the ways it work is by stimulating phagocytosis, also known as the process is which the body carries away waste products of an injury. Many of the things we use Arnica for - bruises, muscles aches, bone breaks - need this process to heal.

In our home, we have it in 4 forms - homeopathic pellets, Arnica oil, Earth & Fire salve, and in dried plant form.

In this post, we will be making an Arnica oil. This can then be turned into an Arnica salve or used as it is!

You may notice that I don’t have measurements in my recipes. Because exact dosing of infused oil isn’t needed, exact ratios of plant matter aren’t needed either. This way you can make as large or as small of batch as you want. I used a quart size jar in this post.

How to Make and Use Arnica Oil

Ingredients:

  • Olive OIl

  • Castor Oil

  • Arnica flowers (whole plant can be used too)

  • Mason jar with lid

To make:

Add several handfuls of Arnica flowers to your jar. Pour in about 1-2 oz of castor oil. *The castor oil will help the infused oil penetrate deeply into the muscles. Cover with olive oil and stir. Add more oil if needed.

Often a skewer makes a great stir stick when making an herbal infused oil!

Often a skewer makes a great stir stick when making an herbal infused oil!

Cap and label.

Nothing fancy but you can add precise measurements to the label if you prefer for your infused oils

Nothing fancy but you can add precise measurements to the label if you prefer for your infused oils

Let sit for 6-8 weeks and then strain. Add to dark bottle, label, and store away from heat and light.

To use:

Rub on affected area as needed. Avoid using on broken skin.

Thats it! Super simple, right?

Alternatively, for a faster absorbing remedy, you can infuse Arnica in rubbing alcohol to create a liniment. I will be sharing my muscle liniment in a post (it contains more than Arnica!) so stay tuned.

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Do you use Arnica in your home? What forms do you have?