Relieving bruises, muscle pain and sprains
Arnica oil, made from organically grown flowering tops infused in extra-virgin olive oil, is a natural herbal treatment traditionally used topically to soothe sore muscles and inflammations due to sprains, bruises, dislocations, and wounds. Arnica oil is also traditionally used for rheumatism affecting the muscles and joints.
According to Andrea Peirce, arnica has been much revered in the Western herbal tradition: “For centuries, arnica equalled royalty among medicinal herbs of the West.” She explains that arnica is very popular among Europeans for pain, inflammation and as a counterirritant: “Arnica formulations have been rubbed into countless swollen ankles, dislocated shoulders, muscle aches, arthritic joints, bruises, abrasions, insect bites, boils, inflamed gums, and acne eruptions.”
A clinical trial using arnica applied externally to varicose veins showed a significant improvement in pain and swelling, not to mention other objective measures, in those individuals using the arnica as opposed to placebo after three weeks of use.