Last summer we had the good fortune of harvesting fresh Arnica and St. John's Wort from high up in the Sierra Mountains to make just enough bruise cream for family and friends. The 2 oz jar we keep in the refrigerator has helped us get through numerous bumps, bruises, sore necks and other aches and pains. Arnica and SJW increase blood flow to and from injuries to decrease swelling, nerve pain, bruising and scarring. Made with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, we also combine it with Sage and Palo Santo to ward off bad energy.

An adaptation of Rosemary Gladstar's face cream formula, the below recipe yields approximately 12 oz of Arnica+Sage Bruise Cream. We poured the cream into (6) 2 oz amber jars for storage.


  • 20 g Organic Beeswax 
  • 25 g Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 20 g Shea Butter
  • 88 g Arnica infused Organic Sunflower Oil*
  • 88 g St. John’s Wort infused Organic Sunflower Oil*
  • 158 ml Distilled Water**
  • 28 drops EO Blend*** 20-30 drops total
    • Sage (10 drops)      
    • Virginia Cedarwood (10 drops)
    • Rosemary (5 drops)
    • Palo Santo (3 drops)
  • 4 ml Rosemary Antioxidant****

*We made a fresh oil infusion of both Arnica and SJW in Sunflower Oil. If unable to make your own, they can often be purchased.

**Hydrosol can be used in place of distilled water.

***The above EO blend is what we added to the formula. It creates a rather med-strong scent. Feel free to lessen the EO amount, use another blend or omit altogether.

****Rosemary antioxidant helps to extend the shelf-life of the oils but is not a full spectrum preservative. This ingredient is optional.


  • Begin by melting the Beeswax on low or in a double boiler; once melted add the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil and stir
  • Once everything is completely melted, stir in the infused Arnica and St. John's Wort Sunflower Oils (be sure to use a clean disinfected utensil for stirring)
  • Pour the melted mixture into a blender or food processor. Let it sit until it has cooled and has just barely turned to a more solid state (it will turn from clear to foggy). Don’t let it get too hard or it will be difficult to mix into a cream. Note:
    • NOT READY: translucent oil
    • READY: thicker, slightly crusted over
  • Turn the blender or food processor on. Slowly trickle in the “water/hydrosol” and the optional essential oil. (We combined the essential oil and distilled water before adding to mixture.)
  • As you trickle in the water the mixture will slowly turn from a translucent to a solid cream. You may need to scrape down the edges and the bottom of the mixer to mix in any leftover wax and then re-mix.
  • This recipe makes about 12 oz of Arnica+Sage Bruise Cream. It is best stored in a glass container in a cool location, even refrigerated.
  • Rosemary antioxidant extract can be added to increase the shelf-life of your cream but remember this not a preservative.
  • If properly stored in a cool environment and used with clean hands, the cream can last several months.

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