Arnica is probably the best-known and most used of all homeopathic remedies. I would guess that it is the remedy that most frequently introduces people to homeopathy.
And with good reason. Arnica is kind of the if-I-were-stuck-on-an-island remedy. So The Quick Six would be incomplete without a higher potency vial of homeopathic Arnica.
Because I am familiar with homeopathy, I would stock Arnica 1M in my Quick Six kit. If you–or the users of your kit–are less familiar with homeopathy, Arnica 200c also would be adequate.
Arnica 1M is the kind of remedy that you take when you think you might need to head to an emergency room–or en route to the emergency room. We use it for injuries from falls, blows…the kinds of injuries that cause swelling or bruising.
I gave it to my son when he was nibbled on the back by a draft horse while we were visiting a farm hours from a hospital and Arnica 200c gave only that ping of helping. [Outcome is that the swelling stopped, he was able to sit comfortably with his back against the seat, and we did not need to go the hospital after all.]
Arnica 200c makes a great topical spray–prepare it as you would the Cuts & Bumps / First Aid combo spray [1-2 doses per 2 oz. of water] and use it for any surface injuries that make you think of Arnica. We use the straight-up Arnica spray where an injury does not break the skin and is not in a nerve-rich area. By contrast, you won’t be surprised to learn that we use the Cuts & Bumps / First Aid combo where injuries break the skin, are in nerve-rich areas, and/or are expected to cause swelling or bruising.
I keep the Cuts & Bumps / First Aid combo spray in my purse, but both sprays at home.
The Arnica spray also could be used on tired muscles after a particularly long afternoon in the garden or dancing, for instance.
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