- Bruises, sprains and aches
- Muscle recovery
- Rheumatism and joint pain
- General healing of the body
Arnica grows in the mountains of Europe, Russia and North America. Mountaineers in the Alps were the first known users of Arnica on their tired and aching legs. Arnica is actually a member of the sunflower family and with its deep-rooted, erect stem and downy yellow leaves its easy to see why. Arnica is one of the best known treatments for bruising and muscle damage. If applied quickly, Arnica improves the processing of congested ‘bruised’ blood from the area and also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to reduce pain and swelling.
Latin name: Arnica montana
Type: Organic, Dried Flower
Arnica is best used immediately after an injury An infusion to spray on the skin for aches and sprains (1 teaspoon dried herbs in half cup of water) Dilute a tincture for use in a bath of foot bath (30g dried flower preserved in one cup of food grade alcohol) An infused oil (30g of dried flowers preserved in half a cup of oil) Arnica oils and creams are used topically to treat sprains, bruises, and muscle pain.
- Arnica should not be taken internally because it can iritate the stomach. Arnica Montana contains a toxin, helanin, which if consumed in large amounts can cause gastroenteritis and bleeding of the digestive tract.
- Contact with the plant itself can be irritating to the skin