I started using arnica after a local tattoo artist requested a tattoo salve and handed me a list of ingredients (Healing Balm is my version of that tattoo salve). Arnica was one of those ingredients. I read up on the herb and realized that my ointments had been missing out on some great properties that arnica offers.
Arnica Montana is a yellow flowering herb that is often used for treating bruises, sprains and muscle pain. After pulling over 300+ pounds of RV paneling on my leg and foot, I had many huge (and quite impressive) bruises.
Normally, my bruises last forever, but not so after applying arnica balm. The bruises quickly faded, and were gone much faster than my typical bruise. Ok, I was slightly disappointed because those bruises were garnering some fun reactions.
Fun fact: when I was little I really wanted a black eye because I thought they were so cool.
One testimonial that I received about my healing balm was that it quickly relieved pain. I attribute that to the small amount of arnica used because arnica is known for its pain-relieving abilities. It works. Fast! I’ve used it for quick relief on bruises, scratches and burns.
Herbal Medicine (and many other sources) advises to only use arnica on skin that unbroken, meaning for bruises, pain or sprains. However, I do add a small amount of arnica to healing ointments that I apply to scratches and the like and have not experienced any adverse effects .
Arnica Balm Recipe for Bumps, Sprains and Bruises
- 4 oz shea butter
- 3 oz coconut oil (after herbs have steeped, add enough coconut oil back in to get 7 oz again)
- 1 T dried calendula petals, packed tightly (calendula is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties)
- 1 T dried arnica, packed tightly
- 1 T candelilla or bees wax
- 1/8 t vitamin e oil
- 5 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
Turn your oven on to 200 degrees. When it’s warmed up all the way, turn it off. While it’s warming, melt the coconut oil and the shea butter in a pan on your stove top. Add the herbs and move the pan into the oven. Let it steep there for at least 4 hours.
Strain the herbs then measure the oil. Add coconut oil until it equals 7 oz. again.
Store in a labeled jar in a cool place. Use for bumps, bruises and other painful boo-boos.