Arnica is an herb with potent healing properties. You can use this plant to make an arnica salve, which is a must-have for your emergency kit. When used properly, arnica salve is a natural alternative to non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that may have harmful side effects. (Related: Have you heard of wolf’s bane? This pretty yellow plant has many medicinal uses.)
Do not use arnica salve on open wounds or for extended periods of time since it may cause irritation. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare professional before using arnica.
You may have allergic reactions or hypersensitivity to arnica. If this occurs, stop using arnica-based remedies. People who are allergic or hypersensitive to any plant in the Asteraceae family must avoid using arnica. Other members of this family include dahlias, daisies, dandelions, marigolds, and sunflowers.
Arnica is a powerful anti-inflammatory. The plant can be used to make a healing compress, salve, or tincture that can stimulate blood flow. Arnica can also help alleviate swelling, heal bruises and hematomas, and reduce pain.
The herb can also increase the rate of tissue regeneration. Arnica salve can address carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), osteoarthritis, and other issues linked to muscle and joint pain. Arnica can also be used as a remedy for bug bites and other minor injuries where the skin is not broken.
You can make an herbal salve once you have dried arnica blossoms. Start by making arnica-infused oil.
Arnica-infused oil will last for three years if you keep it away from light and heat.
Use this arnica salve to relieve aching joints, bruises, sore muscles, sprains, strains, and swelling.
As long as you do your research on medicinal plants, you will have access to natural remedies for minor aches and pains even after SHTF.