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) as it is restricted for internal use in Australia.
It is recommended not to apply to broken skin and the herb is contraindicated internally.
Arnica oil is becoming popular for its pain-relieving and health-promoting properties. It’s a wonderful addition to your alternative first aid kit, especially if you’re prone to exercise-related injuries, such as bruises or sprains.
It is very easy to infuse the flowers in oil over a low temperature to make an infused oil that can be applied to help any bruising. It works almost instantaneously and you could sense some intense healing.
I had a friend who had been butted in the ribs by a ram and it was hurting her to breathe. I had a lip balm in my car made from an arnica and comfrey root oil infusion. She put it on and in seconds she could breathe without pain. I let her keep the lip balm.