*Arnica montana: Arnica contains sesquiterpene lactones which are known to reduce inflammation and decrease pain, additionally, the properties in arnica are contributors in reducing inflammation by dispersing fluids that build up in bruised and injured tissue. Arnica helps to reduces swelling and relieves pain after injury and muscle strain.
Most commonly used for treating wounds, bruises and injuries. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities help reduce pain and swelling while improving wound healing. Arnica has also been used as a tobacco substitute and another of its names is mountain tobacco, or “smokeherb”.
Treats: arthritis, burns, ulcers, eczema, bruising, acne, muscle exhaustion, altitude sickness, sprains, fractures, painful joints, sore muscles,
Usage: Tincture of arnica is made by crushing whole plants and soaking hem in alcohol. Oil can be made with soaking flowers and leaves in olive oil and soaking up the sun in a sealed glass jar for up to 4 weeks. Use direct on affected areas.
Notes: I made my own oil mixture over the summer, because you need full sun in order for the healing powers to intermix in the oil solution. The purpose for making oil is so that you have a topical ointment to rub on burns, wounds, bruises, or injured tissue or sore spots on the body. I wanted to share a personal experience and hope that it could help others. I had a “ganglion cyst” on the outside of my knee bone, so the outside bone on my left leg, next to the knee. There, I had a sizey bump which was filled w/ joint fluid. It is painful and ugly. In the past, I’ve drained it, and received acupuncture therapy for the isolated area. It went away for 4 years, and just after a very strenuous hike (12 hours, 2 days), it popped up again. I decided to try Anica on that spot, more for the pain, and never expecting the bump to go away. I used it daily for 1 week. I noticed today, my pain is gone, and I no longer have any sign of the ganglion cyst. It’s gone! This home made ointment has quite some power to heal injuries. I’m going to experiment further as needed, but I’d recommend making your own solution and have it in your first-aid cupboard for when the time or situation calls.
Here are the steps to make your own oil.
It’s really easy:
- Dry the flowers completely (about 10 days)
- Put dry flowers and leaves into a clean glass jar.
- Add 1-2 cups of oil (choose a pure oil, for example a Shea, an almond, an aloe, or a olive oil, and be sure it’s organic)
- Seal the jar so that it’s air-tight, and find a warm spot in full-1/2 day summer sun.
- Baste for up to 2-4 weeks, then store in a dark cupboard and use when desired.