Specis used: Arnica montana; Arnica chamisonnis
Parts used: Primarily the flowers but occassionally all aerial parts.
Properties: Analgesic, Antiphlogistic, Anti-inflammatory
How Used: Low dose medicinal used as an analgesic and to move blood. Used in very minute quantites internally for pain and bruising. Generally the flowers are infused in a fixed oil and applied topically to relieve pain and speed healing of bruises. Never use on broken skin or it will cause irritation.
Topical use: Creams and massage oils only need to contain 20% Arnica infusion to be effective. It can be applied before strenuous activity to prevent pain or after to relieve pain.
Internal use: No more than 5 drops of the fluid extract diluted in water 3-4 times daily or homeopathic preparations according to package instruction (generally 5 pellets dissolved under the tongue a few times per day).
Contraindications: Avoid internal use in cases of heart disease and never apply to broken or inflamed skin.
Special note: It has been my experience that Arnica combined wth Helichrysum will heal bruises in half the time and ease pain in joints and muscles very quickly.