How to make arnica tincture and how to use it


Arnica, known also under latin name of arnica montana is used as an herbal medicine for analgesic and anti-inflammatory purposes. Other medical uses include homeopathy, tension headache, abscess and shin splints.

Easiest recipe for arnica tincture is to use dried herbs. Get air tight jar which you should pack with dried arnica flowers, until 3/4 of the way full. Next fill the jar with alcohol, leaving 1 inch open at the top. Close the jar and store in a dark place for at least 3 weeks, shake once a day. After 3 weeks strain the arnica tincture through a cloth, discard the flowers and store the tincture in a glass bottle.

Flowers of mountain arnica

Do you want to know more about arnica tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a arnica tincture by yourself.

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Where to buy arnica for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried arnica on Amazon here – Arnica Flowers 4 ounces bulk dried.

Arnica tincture recipe

Another simple recipe for arnica tincture requires 100 baskets of mountain arnica, 4 glasses of vodka (40%alc/vol or 80-proof) and 1/2 cup of honey. Place all ingredients in an airtight jar, make sure that arnica is covered with alcohol.

Keep in a dark place for at least 3 weeks, later strain and keep in dark glass bottles.

What is arnica and what alcohol use for tincture

Arnica is a flowering herb native to cold, rocky regions like Siberia and Eastern Europe. It’s sometimes called “the mountain daisy” because the yellow-orange blooms resemble common daisies. For centuries, arnica has been used as a homeopathic treatment for skin, scalp, and hair conditions.

Tincture of arnica montana flowers is a natural remedy made with fresh or dried herb mixed with high proof alcohol and stored for a few weeks before straining liquid tincture.

Alsohol used should be at least 30% alc/vol but not stronger than 70% alc/vol.

What does arnica contain


Arnica flower contains essential oils, flavonoids, mustard seeds, choline, tannins, saponins, inulin, mucilages, terpenes, organic acids, chlorogenic, fats, carbohydrates, phytosterols and carotenoids.

The beautiful arnica flowers have a bacteriostatic effect, which strengthens the capillary walls. Thus, they prevent congestion and the formation of venous clots. Thanks to this, they significantly reduce swelling and exudation.

What is arnica tincture used for

Tincture is used for compresses and rinsing the mouth. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it accelerates the extinction of inflammatory foci and prevents their formation. Arnica flower stimulates blood flow through the collection as well as the absorption of hematomas.

Dried flowers of mountain arnica

How to use tincture of arnica

Arnica at home is most often used externally, mainly as compresses. It is perfect for bruises, hematomas, edema, 1st degree burns, subcutaneous hemorrhages and skin damage, used in rheumatism, as well as for insect bites and eczema. It is also used to rinse the mouth in case of inflammation.

You should remember that arnica tincture comes in the form of a concentrate that must be diluted with water. Keep in mind also that compresses left on the skin for too long can cause skin burns. Applying arnica tincture compresses to large areas of the skin may result in elevated temperatures. Compresses should not be applied to damaged skin, especially after 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

According to webmd.com when arnica tincture is used in the form of compresses for bruises and swelling it should be diluted with water 3-10 times. For rinsing in inflammatory conditions of the oral mucosa, dilute the tincture with water 10 times and do not swallow.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of arnica

If you would like to check more info about the arnica here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: arnica, arnica flowers, arnica root, common arnica, leopard’s bane, mountain arnica, mountain daisy, mountain tobacco or wolf’s bane.

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