Arnica is an herbaceous plant that has been used for several hundred years for topical healing and in homeopathic preparations. Arnica tinctures and creams are used for topical healing of bruises, sprains, insect bites, muscle aches, and swelling. Arnica should never be taken internally. In homeopathic form, arnica is highly diluted. Avoid using arnica on open cuts or wounds.
The plant belongs to the sunflower family and grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet and has bright yellow, daisy-like flowers. It is a perennial and grows well in hardiness zones 4-9 and can be grown from seed. Arnica is not drought tolerant and prefers well-drained, alkaline soil.
Please note that the information in this article is not medical advice. You should visit a healthcare provider and check with your provider regarding drug interactions prior to using any herbal supplement.
Arnica flowers can be purchased and you can make your own gels, ointments, gels and tinctures. Here one easy recipe to get you started.
Herbal oils are easy to make and store. The following recipe can be adapted to any herb you wish to use topically. To make arnica oil, you will need the following:
Dried arnica blossoms
Mason jar with lid
Bottle with lid
Fill a mason jar with arnica flowers and cover with olive oil. Leave a little room at the top. Cover and put in a warm place for two to three weeks. Strain and pour into a bottle for use.
You can add other herbs such as lavender to complement the arnica.