Supportive to bumps, sprains, bruises, painful joints, and broken bones Arnica works its magic in a multitude of topical applications!
How does the plant work?
The unique properties of Arnica provide a stimulating warm and drying action to the body tissues when used for topical ailments. The plant constitutes in arnica work topically through anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and rubefacient processes. That is the plant has the ability to support the swelling associated with bruises, breaks, and sprains. Arnica also supports relief pain from various causes including Fibromyalgia, dislocations, breaks, sciatica, arthritis, rheumatoid, complex regional pain syndrome, and torn or spastic muscle pain from overuse and flair ups. Aa a rubefacient Arnica has ability to stimulate the circulatory system through its warming energetics. Due to its infinity for blood circulation Arnica breaks up stagnation, or that which is stuck, making it useful when healing dark bruises and even when addressing varicose veins.
Arnica is not often used internally and many herbalists insist on its use in topical applications. The plant can cause toxic effects if used internally, and because of that its best to avoid using this in topical applications where the skin may be broken, scratched, or cut. Be mindful if you have an allergy towards this plant as using it with an allergy may cause a rash reaction on the skin. Its best to talk with your doctor before using herbs for your health as herbs are not regulated by the FDA
Supportive use guidelines
Arnica is best used as poultice, salve, balm, or liniment.
Salve/balm: Extract your herb in an oil of your choice and add beeswax until you have the consistency that you’re looking for. Use as needed on unbroken skin.
Poultice: Add a small amount of warm water to dried arnica powder and mix into a paste. Apply as needed to breaks, sprains, dislocations, and heavy bruises.
Liniment: Extract the flowers into 91% rubbing alcohol for 6-8 weeks before straining out the flowers. Bottle and use much like the balm and poultice.
Infusion: Steep the flowers in boiling water for 10–15 minutes and soak a wrap, towel, or gauze in the infusion. Ring out extra fluid before applying directly to the affected area and leave in place for up to 30 minutes at a time.
NOT FOR INTERNAL USE
internal use may cause poisoning