Arnica has reached new popularity in recent years with people turning to arnica creams in their droves for treating minor ailments like swelling and bruising. But, this is actually an ancient remedy and people have been using it for this very reason since as far back as the 16th century. Arnica Mexicana is a close cousin of the European variety Arnica Montana but both offer great healing powers.
Arnica has a great reputation in traditional medicine thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities. Arnica is a very popular homeopathic remedy – particularly amongst athletes. It’s often prescribed for the symptomatic relief of muscular aches and pains, sprains and swellings as well as bruising.
When used in creams and lotions it can be used as a rub for sore muscles or to treat bruises to reduce the healing timeframe. The plant contains compounds that have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits and importantly they can be absorbed through the skin. The active ingredients include sesquiterpene lacones and flavonoids which deliver the anti-inflammatory effect and can also relieve pain. But it also has another trick up its proverbial sleeve. It’s a good source of carotenoid – an antioxidant that stimulates white blood cells and helps disperse fluid that builds up around damaged and swollen joints. Plus there’s also thymol – an essential oil that can help fight off infection in the case of minor ailments.
The arnica plant has a strong concentration of flavonoids in its flower so it’s a great addition to skincare products. When blended into creams and lotions they deliver regenerative and soothing benefits thanks to the high level of antioxidants they contain. Thanks to its healing properties and anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial components it can be useful for people who suffer with eczema or psoriasis.
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Arnica Mexican Flowers – Botanical name: Heterotheca inuloides
Arnica Montana Flowers – Botanical name: Arnica montana
Arnica Montana Tincture Bp
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