External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Combudoron Liquid / Burn Essence

Combudoron® liquid
10 g (= 10.4 ml): Ethanol. Extract from Arnica montana, Planta tota rec. (fresh plant to extraction agent 1:1.1, extraction agent: ethanol 94% (m/m), purified water (6.3:4.7)) 0.5 g / Urtica rens, Herba rec 0 HAB, V.2b) 9.5 g

Brandessenz (Burn Essence)
Tincture for external use, contains 23% alcohol, 10 g (10.2 ml) contain: Arnika montana e floribus LA 20% 1.5 g (HAB, Vs. 12c); Calendula officinalis e floribus LA 20% 1.0 g (HAB, Vs. 12c, Cantharis ex animale toto Gl dil. D6 1.0 g (HAB, Vs. 41c); Symphytum offcinale ex herba LA 20% 1.0 g (HAB, Vs. 12c); Thuja occidentalis e summitatibus LA 20% 1.0 g (HAB, Vs. 12c); Urtica urens ex herba LA 20% 4.5 g (HAB, Vs. 12c)
Combudoron: Weleda
Brandessenz: WALA

Guiding principle

Common to both essences is the use of nettle and arnica. WALA burn essence also contains calendula, Symphytum, Thuja and Cantharis.

“Stinging nettle (Urticaria urens) belongs to the annual plants, so it does not survive the winter and emerges anew every year from its seeds. The leaves are much rounder and more serrated than those of larger nettles. Only one (sometimes branched) stem grows from the root. The leaves have comparatively few stinging hairs, but their poison is more intensive than that of larger stinging nettles.”
(L. Fischer, “Brennnesseln, ein Portrait”, Naturkunden No:32, p. 30–33)

Arnica is exposed to the rough, intensive forces of nature in mountains, both low and high: warmth and light, cold and wind. Seen from the outside, its flower appears to be tousled, “deformed” by these forces; nevertheless, it succeeds in raising itself upright and in connecting its vigorous root with a radiant yellow flower (with a touch of redness). The stem area has fine silvery hairs and sparse foliage. The whole plant is permeated by a pungent aromatic oil that is particularly concentrated in the root area. Arnica supports healing processes where internal or external causes have led to tissue damage or even bleeding.

These two plants relieve pain, have an anti-inflammatory effect, stimulate blood circulation and promote wound healing. Urtica provides particular relief for a very irritated and injured epidermis, while Arnica goes deeper. Its substance reduces wound exudation and counteracts blister and scar formation.

The other plants in this burn essence bring the following additional qualities

In our experience, the choice of preparation has a lot to do with personal habits, experience and, of course, the area of application; we do not make any recommendations. The substance used in specific applications depends solely on the contributions made available to us.

(Based on information contained in medicine lists published by Weleda and WALA)