Parts Used: Flowers are preferred to the root.
Arnica has been approved by Commission E for fever and colds, inflammation of the skin, cough/bronchitis, inflammation of the mouth and pharynx, rheumatism, common cold, blunt injuries, and things that tend towards infection. Other traditional uses of Arnica are for edema and swelling, bruises, cuts, arthritis, sore muscles and joints, sore throats, swollen insect bites, and phlebitis.
Tinctures and salves or ointments made using these flowers are used for sprains, bruises, wounds, etc. Arnica preparations are commonly used externally.
Arnica is not commonly used internally because of the irritant effect on the stomach and has been known to cause poisoning. To much arnica ingested will cause vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding of the mucous membrane tissues.
Arnica tincture requires 1 part Arnica flowers to 10 parts 70% alcohol (undiluted Everclear). Arnica oil is an extract of 1 part herb and 5 parts slightly warmed oil. Salves and ointments are made with up to 15% Arnica oil.
A bath can be made for tender feet using about 1/2 oz. tincture or boiling the flowers in water and soaking the feet.
Anti-phlogistic: (when used externally) : An herb that counteracts inflammation.
Analgesic: (when used externally): This herb relieves pain
Antiseptic: (when used externally): This herb combats and neutralizes pathogenic bacteria and prevents infection
Diuretic: promotes the production and secretion of urine
Stimulant: increases the activity or efficiency of a system or organ, acts more rapidly than a tonic
Most commonly used topically