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  • For external use only.
  • Can cause allergic dermatitis with extended use or in sensitive persons.
  ARNICA   
 

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(Arnica montana)
Common names: Common Arnica, Leopard's Bane, Mountain Tobacco, Wolf's Bane.
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Parts Used: Flowers, root. Methods Used: Alcohol extraction, oil extraction, water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: None identified to date.

Physical Uses: This member of the thistle family grows in the mountain states of Canada and the U.S.

Traditional uses of Arnica have included infusions and tinctures of the flowers used to control pain of broken bones, severe sprains, and headaches.

It has been used in poultices and compresses to relieve the pain of rheumatism, bruises (including black eyes), and sprains.

Arnica salve is helpful for chapped lips and skin, rashes and sore joints.

Preparation:

Tincture:

  1. Sprinkle two tablespoons of flowers into 1 cup of brandy or medicinal alcohol. DO NOT USE ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL (rubbing alcohol)!
  2. Cover. Shake thoroughly.
  3. Shake twice a day for three days.
  4. Strain flowers and discard.
  5. What remains is Spirits of Arnica. Store in glass in a cool dark place.
  6. Dosage is 5 drops every 3-4 hours.

 

Liniment:

  1. Heat one ounce of flowers in one ounce of oil for 4-5 hours.
  2. Strain and discard flowers.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. Seal and store in cool dark place.

Apply to sore muscles, joints and bruises.

 
 
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