I made this arnica salve with arnica (picked from the mountains surrounding our home) infused olive oil and our home-grown/harvested/refined beeswax. I infused the arnica for a full year, so the smell is divine.
Source for the following information: www.Livestrong.com.
Arnica has been used for many years as a plant-based pain reliever and is touted as a natural remedy to help relieve the pain of arthritis and sports injuries. Anecdotal evidence indicates that it is helpful in reducing bruising and shortening healing time. However, arnica has some powerful side effects that you should discus with your health care provider before you begin using it.
Arnica, also known as leopardsbane, wolfsbane and European arnica. It is a perennial flowering plant that looks similar to a daisy. It has bright yellow flowers and is found in Europe, southern Russia and in woody areas of North America. Arnica grows as far north as Alaska. It has been used as a herbal healing remedy for many years.
Arnica, like other herbal remedies, is not FDA approved. The flower and plant contain many active ingredients including compounds and volatile oils. As is true with almost all natural remedies, arnica products are not covered by your health insurance. Compare the cost of arnica-based products to the cost of products with similar functionality.
Applied to your skin it is said to be beneficial to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by muscle sprain and strains. It is also believed to be able to regenerate tissue and is used for treatment of injuries. Arnica is used to promote wound healing and reduce the symptoms of rheumatic pain, and swelling due to fractures and insect bites.
As with any herbal remedy, contact your health care provider prior to using arnica. She can determine whether it is safe for you.