Arnica is an alpine herb with a long history of use in the folk medicine of Russia and the Swiss Alps. Arnica is approved for use by the Commission E for external use in injury and for consequences of accidents, e.g., hematoma, dislocations, contusions, edema due to fracture, rheumatic muscle and joint pain. Arnica is available both as a herbal oil or homeopathic cream, however herbal preparations have shown much better results than homeopathic products when tested in lab studies. 1736
Arnica oil is expensive, but you can save a bundle making your own. This herbal oil is excellent for treating bruises, sore muscles and sprains. Apply liberally to affected area.