Have you ever used Arnica Cream? Arnica Cream can come in handy for bruises amongst other things, though it can also help with sore muscles, pains and sprains.
We can take a look at the ingredients we need and how to prepare the cream first and then, we will learn more about the goodness of the Arnica Cream. What do you do say?
Beeswax – 1 Tbsp.
Sweet Almond Oil – 6 Tbsp.
Olive Oil – 1 Tbsp.
Arnica – 3 Tbsp. (Dried)
Borax – a pinch or two
Distilled Water – 1 Tbsp.
Shea Butter – 1 Tbsp.
Arnica Essential Oil – a few drops
If you buy fresh Arnica, dry it in shade. You can also get dried Arnica.
Heat Sweet Almond and Olive Oils in low flame while adding Arnica to it. It would take a while to become infused oil. You can also do it the traditional way (letting arnica steep in the oil and keeping out in the sun everyday, till ready) if you live in tropical areas.
Once infused, filter the oil and set aside.
Add it to the double boiler along with Beeswax and Shea Butter and wait till fully melted.
In a bowl, heat the water and add borax into it. Continue heating till very hot and stir, while also adding the oil and butter mixture.
Do this slowly and carefully (you don’t want it to splutter or spill on you) and keep stirring as you go.
Add a few drops of essential oil after the mixture cools down.
Blend using a hand blender till it is fluffy and transfer to a sterilized jar.
How to Use Arnica Cream?
Bruises? Wounds? Sore or overused Muscles? Rub away! Just don’t apply it on open wounds.
Why These Ingredients?
Borax is an emulsifier and also a buffing agent. It helps with emulsification in this recipe along with Beeswax, and also makes the cream light and fluffy. An antibacterial, borax also acts a preservative.
Arnica montana plant yields yellow flowers that resemble daisy. The flowers are widely used in alternative medicine for accelerating healing, bruises, wounds, inflammation, sprains, sore muscles, pain, etc.
Not just for bruises and wounds, for dry skin or skin problems like Eczema, chapped skin, or other issues like acne, ulcers or even surgery wounds, Arnica cream is a miracle worker.
It is also used by to combat pain and inflammation in arthritis.
While you can use any carrier oil, Sweet Almond Oil is known to aid better with pain relief. It is also soothing and lighter than other oils and suits most skin types.
Beeswax helps with emulsification and gives a nice texture to the cream, while also promoting healing.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
Depending on your purpose, you can also use Comfrey extract or Calendula extract to the cream.
Adding Arnica Essential Oil is optional.
You can also use Castor Oil along with Sweet Almond Oil to the cream.
If you are using this for pain relief, Camphor or Clove Oils are great additions.
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