I’m not blaming anyone but myself and my own lack of research, but how did I just discover that arnica is a flower?
Arnica ointment was my go-to homeopathic cream for aches and pain. I had no idea it was a flower, I don’t mind claiming my ignorance. It’s time to remedy this. Mountain Rose Herbs sells arnica flower, or course. It is exceptionally more expensive than anything else I purchase but I think I’m going to order a small amount with my April/May order. Based on past experience, it would really help with reducing the effects of swelling and subsequent pain that I experience from my allergic reactions. I plan to make it into a balm/salve for rubbing onto my affected areas.
Used as an oil (1 part dried herb in 5 parts plant oil) or ointment (1 part arnica oil to 4 or 5 parts base).
Arnica oils and creams are used topically to treat sprains, bruises, and muscle pain. Diluted tinctures of arnica are used in foot baths (1 teaspoon of tincture to a pan of warm water) to soothe sore feet. Grieve’s Herbal reported that nineteenth century American physicians recommended arnica tincture as a hair growth tonic. Homeopathic arnica is traditionally used to treat seasickness. Research published in June 2005 in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that homeopathic arnica can reduce post-partum bleeding.