External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Aconite Nerve Oil

Synonyms
Aconitum/Camphora comp. oil (Wala, Switzerland), Aconit Schmerzöl, Aconite Pain Oil
Composition
Aconitum napellus e tubere dil.D9, Camphora, Lavandulae aetheroleum, Quarz dil.D9, other ingredients: refined peanut oil
Manufacturer(s)
Wala

Guiding principle

The deep blue flower of the Aconitum plant, which closes itself almost completely off from its surroundings in a kind of helmet shape, stands out. In contrast to lavender it exudes no fragrant aromatic etheric oils. It can thus have a calming effect on irritated nerve processes. The plant produces a powerful nerve poison (aconitine). This is why, as an external remedy, aconite oil (containing aconite in a potentized form), has neurological pain as its cardinal symptom, pain which typically is triggered by cold drafts and is accompanied by strong cramps. Each single leaf spreads only as a narrow border along the leaf vein (starting from the base of the leaf) and divides the inside of the leaf into many tongues. Towards the periphery, this hem spreads drop-like, fine yet clear, that is, this vegetative area of the plant stops physically at the edges of its leaves but seems to feel and form beyond itself. This process can also bring shape and order to irritated (sensitive) nerve processes.
The relaxing effect of lavender and the warming influence of camphor usefully augment this. Quartz supports the organism in controlling sensitivity and in perceptively reintegrating itself into the organic whole.