The arnica plant can grow up to 60 cm and has a flower with bright yellow color. It was used in the form of ointments and creams since the 15th century. The Arnica ointment is perfect for many applications. Long used against bruises, it is also useful in case of pains of articular and muscular origin, of distortions, of strains, of superficial phlebitis, swelling and inflammation caused by insect bites.
The roots of the plant are very useful because they contain thymol: they are not only used to relieve the inflammation, but also as preservatives or fungicides. Arnica gel, instead, is great against pain from osteoarthritis. Often Arnica ointments are chosen to decrease inflammation, as well as to heal the tissue after plastic surgery operations. Even sports fans can benefit from it for relieving muscle pain.
- 80 g arnica oil
- 12 g of soy wax (non-GMO);
- 8 ml of arnica tincture;
- 30 drops of camphor essential oil
- 30 drops of lavender essential oil
In a water bath heat the arnica oil and the wax, at a maximum temperature of 70 ° C. When the wax is completely melted, add the essential oil of camphor, lavender essential oil and arnica tincture, then stir for 2 minutes. Let it cool for about 3 minutes and pour the ointment in a jar before it becomes solid. When it is completely cooled, you can seal the jar.
This ointment can be stored at room temperature and away from sources of heat, for about 2 years. It can be prepared at home, even the arnica tincture and the arnica oil, the recipes are described in the paragraphs below.
- 10 g of arnica flowers;
- 100 ml of alcohol-60%
Put the arnica flowers in a glass jar and cover them with alcohol. Compress the flowers and let steep for 2 weeks. Filter tincture using a strainer and pour into a dark bottle with dropper.
- 50 g of arnica flowers;
- 500 ml of grape seed oil.
Place the flowers in a glass jar and cover it with grape-seed oil. Expose the jar to the sun for a few hours a day and the flowers should be left to macerate for a month. After that filter the oil in a colander and squeeze to recover much oil as possible. Store in a closed container in a cool and dark place.