*Today I want to talk about Arnica (AKA:arnica Montana, Arnicare, Arniflora)
Arnica Montana is a homeopathic topical pain relief agent that also has been shown to aide in wound healing, it’s has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and Pain releaving properties. It contains Helenalin & > dihyrdohelenalin, these chemicals change the action of immune cells and kills bacteria. It decreases inflammation and may kill Cancer cells.
I’ve been working with Arnica on and off for several years and as many articles state, it’s a topical pain relief agent for treating pain from bruising, muscle aches & stiffness, & swelling. Through trial and error I totally agree.
Store bought arnica comes in a very small jar, that I used up quickly, so I decided to make my own.
after a great deal of investigation I made a recipe.
I made it into a salve, but it was too greasy & it left stains on my clothes, but did stop my pain. I nixed that because it proved too messy and I didn’t like the smell of camphor/menthol.(the essential oils I used)
So I adjusted the formula. But always starting by making arnica infused oil. Easy Peasy
DIY Arnica oil
- 1 or 2 hands full of Arnica Montana flowers (pain, bruising, muscle aches etc.)
- 1/2 C sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil, maybe a little more to get an exact half cup of arnica infusion(Easily absorbed into skin.)
*Place these 2 ingredients in a clean dry sealed glass jar.
*Set in a double boiler or a pot of water with a glass bowl
over on low for 8 – 10 hrs.
*Set the jar in a small crock pot of water on low and let it
steep in the heat, again 8-10 hr. When done, strain out
the arnica flowers through fine mesh or coffee filter. You
can compost flowers .
Making Arnica Lotions
½ C infused Arnica oil
½ C Shea butter
1 Tb glycerin (food grade)
1 Tb wax pearls
Optional oils: mint, lavender and or frankincense, whatever you desire.
Pour infused oil, Shea butter, beeswax and 20 drops or so of the E.O. (you choose) into another clean dry glass jar.
Place jar back in double boiler or crockpot on low.
Stir slowly until they are all mixed smoothly.
Pour mix into a bowl in freezer x 10 min. When removed,
you’ll see a crust along the top, if not, leave a little
Whip it all together with a hand mixer & very slowly add the glycerin. Your moisturizer will become very creamy.
Spoon it into a clean dry glass jar, label & date then store it in a cool dark place.
How to Use
Apply topically as needed every day on painful areas (muscles, joints bruises, etc.)
Don’t get water in to mixture.
I am not an herblogist, a pharmacist or a doctor.
This is a lotion I use but be careful making it, as it can be toxic in high concentrations.
Arnica Montana, it can be poisonous
if used in too high a concentration.
Women should never take arnica if
they are pregnant or breastfeeding.