What is Arnica?
Arnica montana is a small plant with yellow daisy like flowers. These flowers are often collected and dried for medicinal use. It is used most often in healing bruised skin, sprains, swelling, and sore muscles.
For a DIY cream for bruises and sore muscles, the dried flowers can be infused into oil (keep reading for instructions) or soaked in water to make a part of the cream. Arnica can also be used in soaps. It is very poisonous internally, and so should NEVER be used internally or on broken skin. However, it’s safe and beneficial to use externally. Homeopathic preparations are very different and are very carefully and stringently controlled. What we are using here is the whole herb.