Arnica - The Healing Pain Reliever

 

Arnica Montana is a powerful anti-inflammatory and it stimulates the healing of damaged tissue. 

rnica is good for:

  • Inflammation
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Gout,
  • Torn muscles and tendons
  • Sprains
  • Sore joints
  • Bruises
  • Pain

It can help improve the flexibility of those with osteoarthritis, by applying right before bedtime so as to ease morning muscle stiffness. 

My husband and my sons have used this on their sprained ankles and, after just a few applications, there has been a noticeable decrease in swelling!    

When I sprained my MCL, I used this several times a day with excellent results.  I also use this on my sore, tired feet after teaching fitness classes :)  I use it regularly and generously wherever I have pain or soreness!

Arnica Salve

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried arnica
  • 2 cups vegetable oil (such as sweet almond, grape seed, or hemp seed)
  • ½ cup beeswax
  • Essential oils of ginger, clove, rosemary, sweet birch, Scotch pine, and/or wintergreen (a total of 20 drops, only 2 to 3 of which can be wintergreen)”

Directions:

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1.  Fill a glass jar 3/4 of the way full with Arnica flowers (I often include Cayenne, Lavender flowers and Comfrey root and powder to increase the medicinal benefit) 

2.  Fill the jar the rest of the way with olive, almond or sunflower oil.  Jostle the jar and press the herbs to remove any air pockets. Fill the jar almost to the top.  

3.  Close tightly and label; on lid and side of jar -- contents and date

4.  Set in a warm sunny spot for 4-6 weeks, shake every so often.  

5.  At the end of 4-6 weeks, strain the herbs and bottle the oil.   

You may use the oil as is or make it into a salve.  

To make a salve: 

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  1. pour oil and 1/4-1/2 cup beeswax into a glass jar
  2. Place jar in a pan of warm water on the stove, slowly heating the oil, stirring gently until the beeswax melts.
  3. Let cool slightly and add a few drops of wintergreen essential oil
  4. Pour into jars and let set.  

Consistent application is the key!  There really is no magic pill!   Ice, rest, elevation and Arnica salve  spell relief. :). 

Order Arnica salve here

Arnica should not be taken internally or placed on open wounds.  

I  order my arnica and beeswax here:

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