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We just found a great recipe for a pain relieving salve that uses arnica and coconut oil – and had to share! The link is at the foot of this article, after my commentary as per usual.
As you can see from the image, the page actually lists not one but two arnica salves, one with soothing lavender & peppermint, the other including cayenne; which contains capasaicin, a substance which has been found to act as a pain reliever. We also featured another page recently with a cayenne cream formula.
One thing that makes the page stand out is that the original article has a very good introduction which explains in detail why it might be important to avoid petroleum-based ingredients in skin care. These ingredients are found in very many skin care products. Anyway, one often hears people “ranting” about petroleum based products in skincare being “bad” – but this is one of the most cohesive and detailed explanations I have seen. Very good stuff.
Arnica is a genus of plants which have been used in alternative health care since ancient times. Some Arnica species – in particular Arnica montana (listed as the ingredient in these salves) – contain helenanin, an interesting substance which is toxic if large amounts are ingested, and yet is a noted anti-inflammatory.
We have a full page on Arnica if you are interested to learn about this herb in depth.
Note that Arnica should not be used on broken skin, and is contraindicated in pregnancy.
Ok here is the link to the full tutorial: http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/pain-relieving-coconut-oil-arnica-salve-recipe