My daughter woke me up from a deep sleep in the middle of the night last week. She was screaming, crying, completely disoriented, and standing in the middle of her room. Assuming it was nothing more than a bad dream, I scooped her up into my arms and began to soothe her. After about ten minutes I had managed to get her calmed and back into bed. By the next morning I'd all but forgotten about the event until my daughter walked into our living room to tell me she had a bump on her head. Full Disclosure: My daughter is somewhat notorious for having all sorts of various ailments, illnesses, and other "boo-boos" that she feels compelled to tell me, and everyone in earshot, about regularly. By regularly I mean all of the time. She pulled back her bangs to show me what I expected to be either 1.) No visible injury or 2.) A small bug bite. Instead, I found a HUGE bump on the right side of her forehead, from just above her eyebrow to her hairline. After my initial shock and feelings of mom-guilt over the realization that it was likely not just a bad dream but a crack to the stinking skull that woke my daughter the night before, I said to her in my best effort to keep cool, "Oh yeah, we'd better get some arnica oil on that bad boy". The best part? It never even bruised. Never. Even. Bruised. It also helped her immediately with the pain. The true magic and effectiveness of arnica oil never ceases to amaze me. Especially if you are able to apply it before the bruise ever materializes. In other words- right after you run into that doorknob, corner of that coffee table, etc., you need to be thinking- I'd better get some arnica oil on that bad boy...
I've always thought that arnica oil is the perfect "gateway drug" to herbal medicine. One of the best ways to make a believer out of someone who is sorta on the fence about the value of herbal remedies is to allow them to see the real efficacy of arnica oil. It's believed that its effectiveness is due to its ability to stimulate blood circulation, making it quite beneficial for use in the reduction of inflammation and bruising. Arnica oil is now pretty widely available in most stores that offer herbal supplements and other holistic wellness products. It can be somewhat on the expensive side, though, so we just make our own.
It's really easy to make, I encourage you to give it a whirl!
All you need is:
1 Clean and dry quart mason jar Carrier oil of your choice (I typically use organic olive oil but you can use jojoba, grapeseed, apricot kernel- whatever you have on hand or you prefer) 1 Cup DRIED Arnica Flowers (It's very important that any herbs you are using in any infusion are dried. Moisture and oil infusions do not mix, your oil has the potential to go rancid.) If you need to purchase some, you can find all sorts of quality herbs and other products through Mountain Rose Herbs
*Simply place your herbs in your mason jar and cover them completely with the oil, making certain you have at least one inch of oil over your herbs in the jar. Oftentimes people use a 5:1 ratio, or 5 parts oil to 1 part dried herb. Leave about 1" to 2" headspace in your jar to give your herbs room to expand.
*Stir well, and cap your jar tightly
*Place your jar in a sunny spot in your home, such as a windowsill or countertop. Shake your jar once or more per day for about 4-6 weeks.
*When it is finished, use some cheesecloth to strain your herbs from your oil and pour into another glass jar or bottle. When stored in a dark and cool place this oil should keep for at least one year. Xoxoxo
Emily Note: For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.