Coconut Oil Arnica Salve Recipe

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Last fall, one of my recipes was featured on Health Impact News and CoconutOil.com. I wanted to share it here as well! Enjoy!

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One of my goals for health and wellness is to avoid using anything that contains petroleum products. Once you start paying close attention to the ingredients in many common hair and skin care products, you will find that there is almost always some form of petroleum product listed. Petroleum products are refined from crude oil – a crude oil that is very toxic nonetheless. It can be refined into a number of products, such as mineral oil, petroleum jelly, petrolatum, paraffin waxes, microcrystalline waxes, and more, all of which are very common ingredients in skin and hair care products.

Petroleum products harm your skin and your body, because they:

  • Coat the skin like plastic wrap, disrupting the delicate acid mantle and the good bacteria that protect our skin from germs.
  • Hinder the skin’s exposure to oxygen and other nutrients needed for proper detoxification and repair.
  • Are not water soluble, so they attach to your cells and build up in your body. They are very difficult for your body to eliminate.

In addition, the 1,4-dioxane (which is not listed on ingredient labels), is a petroleum-derived chemical that is often found in sudsing items like body wash, bubble bath, and shampoos. This chemical has been listed as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Meanwhile, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) has identified 1,4-dioxane as a “reasonably anticipated carcinogen”. These are all very good reasons to make more of your health and beauty products at home, where you control the quality, and the safety, of the ingredients.

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My affiliate partner, Vitacost, has really good prices on some of the ingredients in this recipe. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get a coupon for $10 off your first purchase from Vitacost, and when your order ships, I’ll get a $10 off coupon for referring you. The cool thing about this program is that you can then refer your family and friends through your own link and YOU can get the $10 coupons too! 🙂

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Amazon, of course, has everything you need for this recipe. Their prices are often very good, though I love to shop around and sometimes find that Vitacost and Thrive Market have better deals. If you like saving money, it’s good to shop around! 🙂

In addition, my affiliate partner, Tropical Traditions, is where I get all of my coconut products from and if you make a purchase from them through any of my links, you will receive a free copy of their Virgin Coconut Oil book, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

I buy all of my waxes and herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs (an affiliate partner). Their quality is outstanding and while I may try other brands every once in awhile, I keep coming back to them.

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Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

Discussion

20 comments

  1. According to the given Ingredients, does all of this can be found in some Super Markets? And what are the other ingredients that can be a substitute if I don’t have one of them? Is this really proven to work? This recipe is pretty much great and cheap, the only problem I think is where you can actually buy the ingredients if you don’t want to buy online.

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    Clarrence Silvederio
    Posted 03/25/13

    • Hi Clarrence – You should be able to get all of the ingredients at your health food store, save for the arnica flowers. For those, you may need to go to an actual herb shop or look online. My health food store did not sell the arnica flowers, so my herbalist friend helped me locate them. I have had good success with it. It is very soothing on sore muscles, aches, and pains. We’re all different though, so what works for me may not work the same for others. Hope that helps! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 03/25/13

  2. Would arnica oil (essential oil) be a good sub for the flowers? And if so, would you need to do the double boiler/crockpot bit that you reccommend for the flowers?

    Thanks!

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    tori
    Posted 03/25/13

    • Hi Tori – I have never made it with anything other than the flowers, so I am uncertain how much arnica essential oil you would add. You might need to do a little research as to proportions, as I know arnica oil can be extremely potent. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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      Jessica
      Posted 03/26/13

  3. Do you think I can use shea butter instead of the beeswax?

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    Tanya
    Posted 04/10/13

    • Hi Tanya – Shea butter and beeswax are not interchangeable, but you could leave the beeswax out. If you do, the salve will be much softer and may melt if it gets too warm, so just keep that in mind. The beesewax helps solidify the salve and make it a little firmer. Let me know how it works out if you experiment with it! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 04/10/13

  4. Great post, can’t wait to try it. would it be ok if I add some tea tree oil as well Jessica?

    Thanks!

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    Rosa
    Posted 06/20/13

    • Hi Rosa – You could add whatever essential oils you like! That’s what I love about these DIY recipes — we can all customize them to suit our own preferences. I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 06/21/13

      • Hi there.. I was wondering where it says to use “.6 ounces” of dried arnica flowers.. how do you measure that out. I seemed to be confused. It just doesn’t seem like that much. I am new to this. thanks for any help.

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        Shauna
        Posted 11/07/13

        • Hi Shauna – You’ll need to weigh the arnica flowers — they don’t weigh much at all, so you’d be surprised how much .6 ounces is. I have a small kitchen scale that I use when making herbal blends because many times you need to go by weight, rather than cups. It’s hard to get accurate measurements of dried herbs just using a measuring cup. Hope that helps! 🙂

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          Jessica
          Posted 11/07/13

  5. Hi there. LOVE this. I am sharing it on FB for my readers right now :). I once talked to a local surgeon who said he recommends this to all of his patients (Arnica, that is) b/c it really works!

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    Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
    Posted 09/21/13

    • Thanks for the share Adrienne! I love arnica!

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      Jessica
      Posted 09/22/13

  6. I have been making all kinds of herbal medicine s for my family. I love it. I am going to make this. Do you think it would help with the pain from Fibromyalgia? GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. Thank You.

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    Sherry Hepner
    Posted 04/24/14

    • Hi Sherry – I am not sure, but it is definitely worth a try! I hope you are able to find some relief!! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 04/24/14

  7. i would not recommend a whisk to add in the beeswax.. it is difficult to get the residue off all those little wires.. a thin table knife would be better. i make stuff with bees wax.. and it solidifies very quickly.. and it is difficult to completely clean the utensils. this looks like a great recipe. i need to get some arnica flowers.

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    Tammy Rodriguez
    Posted 06/19/14

    • Hi Tammy – Thanks for sharing your thoughts. A whisk works well for me. The key is getting it wiped or rinsed off before the mixture cools (same for the bowl you’re using to prepare it in). But, even if that happens, I just soak the utensil in some hot soapy water and it comes right off! Cheers!

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 06/19/14

  8. Would this work for fresh arnica flowers and how would I modify the recipe? Thank you!

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    Heather
    Posted 08/18/14

    • Hi Heather – Fresh flowers should work fine. I am not sure what the ratio would be fresh to dried though.

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 08/23/14

  9. I am wondering why you would use cayenne? What does it do?

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    Noelle
    Posted 12/29/14

    • Hi Noelle – Cayenne, which is added to the second recipe, is another herb that has long been used for medicinal purposes. Cayenne is promoted as a circulatory stimulant and has been used in salves for healing infections, shingles, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. As a matter of fact, most commercial arthritis creams contain capsaicin, a compound from cayenne. When applied topically, it does not have the same fiery effect that it does when consumed internally. It should still be used with caution and you should be careful not to touch any mucous membranes after applying. I use a small spoon to apply to my skin, so that I’m not covering my hands in cayenne. I use this on achy joints (like knees and wrists), as well as sore muscles.

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 12/29/14

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