If you’re looking for natural non toxic pain relief from sore muscles, tension headaches, or bumps and bruises, arnica salve is the answer. In fact, arnica has been used to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds, injuries, such as sprains and bruises.
Uses for Arnica Salve
- Bumps and bruises – When arnica is applied to the skin immediately after a cut or wound is inflicted, its antibacterial properties prevent the capillaries present in the skin from bleeding further.
- Sore muscles – This is the best salve to rub on sore shoulders and muscles.
- Aches – Its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties help to heal open wounds faster. Moreover, it works wonderfully to relieve from any kind of external ache or pain.
- Tension headaches – Arnica is quite successful when used in the treatment of headaches and migraines due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Arnica Salve Recipe
Arnica can be used in tinctures, salves, vinegar tinctures, decoctions, etc. Here is a recipe for a salve I use:
- 3/4 cup oil infused with arnica (find it here) (recipe below)
- 1.5 oz Beeswax
- A few drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil
Warm oil in double boiler. Add beeswax and stir until melted. Add Wintergreen Oil in desired amount Pour into desired storage container. Let cool.
To make the infused oil you will need dried Arnica flowers (here). Loosely pack a 1/2 pint jar with dried flowers. Cover arnica flowers with Olive Oil. Cover. Allow to infuse for 5 weeks, shaking the tincture daily. Strain with cheesecloth when complete.