Arnica (Arnica Montana)
Topical use : you can use arnica tincture by diluting it with water and then dabbing it onto a bruise, sprain or strain. Bandages can also be soaked in the tincture and then wrapped around the affected area for treatment of bruises, muscular strains, wounds and swelling ( hot water for doing hot packs ) - excessive concentration might cause skin irritation, do not use without water dilution.
Ingestion : Used for osteoarthritis and pain relief ( muscle pain , bruising ) with the dosage indicated below without exceeding it
Avoid arnica if you are taking blood-thinning drugs (as arnica is also a blood thinner) or before surgery.
Little is known about the safety of arnica during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor before using arnica in any form.
Dosage: 15 drops, 2 times a day.