“Arnica (Arnica montana) has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and is still popular today. Applied to the skin as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, arnica has been used to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds. It is commonly used for injuries, such as sprains and bruises. As an herb, arnica is usually used topically (on the skin) because it can cause serious side effects when taken by mouth. Oral homeopathic remedies do contain arnica, but they use a diluted form that is not considered dangerous. If you have any question about whether you have the herbal or homeopathic form of arnica, talk to your doctor.”
Arnica is pretty awesome stuff. I use my Hemlock Springs Soaps’ Arnica Muscle Rub on EVERYTHING – from sinusitis pain, shoulder pain, tendonitis, sore and swollen feet, and even on my achy hands when I’ve pushed things a little too far.
What’s even cooler is I use dried organic Arnica and infuse it naturally in soothing avocado oil. I melt local beeswax and unrefined cocoa butter, and blend with some essential oils and put it in a recyclable and VERY handy little twist-up container. It’s perfect to throw in a gym bag or purse, is not greasy at all, and doesn’t have any weird chemicals in it and doesn’t smell at all medicinal. Give it a try!