Arnica oil is made from the Arnica Montana plant located in the mountains of Siberia and Europe, and can now be cultivated in North America because of the modern advances. The plant grows up to 2 feet in height and has yellow orange flowers which make it look very similar to a daisy. For the medicinal preparations, the flower can either be fresh or dried in order for extraction to take place. The oil is toxic and therefore should not be used in aromatherapy. For this reason, a user should be careful not to store it together with his other essential oils.
Arnica should never be used without diluting it first. Pure oil should always be diluted in a 30-70 solution. For people who do not want to dilute the oil themselves, do not worry because oil that is readily prepared can always be bought in the local drugstore. Just make sure that the product bought is the correct one to avoid any problems.
Pregnant women are prohibited to use the Arnica oil because no research was conducted yet whether it may affect the fetus inside the womb of the mother.
Some people tend to be allergic to Arnica.
Do not use this for prolonged periods of time because it may cause skin irritations, redness, swelling, eczema, blisters, peeling, and many others.
Arnica is poisonous when ingested, especially if it is not yet diluted. Side effects like diarrhea, dizziness, heart palpitations and irregularities, vomiting, and difficulty in breathing may be experienced.
It should not be used on open wounds or broken skin.
Arnica can be fatal when taken in large doses.
Arnica oil is great for muscle aches, sprains, strains, bruises, swelling, inflammation, rheumatic pain, and injury. It is great for sports enthusiast and should be massaged in the body to help relax the muscles, lessen the bruising, and relieve the sore muscles.
How to make an infuse oil?
This is very easy, a person just needs a preparation of one part dried or fresh Arnica Montana flowers, and five parts vegetable oil. Place the flowers in a jar and cover with the carrier oil that can be bought in the internet or the market. Then put a paper towel on top, make sure that it is secured with a rubber band. Wait for about six weeks while making sure that the flower is still covered by the carrier oil. Afterwards just strain the oil and store using a labeled jar. If this is too much of a bother to the person involved, they can always buy a readily made one in the drugstore, just indicate what is needed. Do not worry because a prescription is not needed when buying this.
How do you store the Arnica oil?
If the person made the infused oil, he should take care to put it in a labeled jar to let others know what it is. Do not put it together with the other oils, and discard properly when not needed.