At the soap conference this year one of my roommates introduced me to the arnica plant. I’d never heard of it until then! She had a slave she used for sore muscles (I’d hiked up a mini mountain the previous day, prior to the conference starting and was sore!) She let me use some and I was sold on the amazing qualities of arnica.
Arnica is reputed to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe sprains, bruises, arthritis, insect bites, aches and pains. It relieves pain and provides an overall soothing experience.
I got to work formulating a balm and salve recipe. I also use arnica in my Itch Relief stick. I love my salve (a butter) and the itch relief stick has kept me from itching bites raw this summer.