Benefits of Arnica

If there is one product that most fitness enthusiasts have on hand or in their homes it’s arnica. Why? Because it is well known for its natural ability to help with external inflammation like bruises, sprains, etc. It is a very popular homeopathic remedy that has been used for years for managing pain.

What is Arnica?

Arnica is a herb that grows in Europe and the U.S. It comes in a variety of species, with the most common one being arnica montana. Arnica is a flowering plant that mainly grows in Siberia and Europe, but may also be found in some parts of North America. The arnica plant usually thrives in places that are 3,000 feet above sea level, and reaches a height of 1 to 2 feet.

I just learnt that dried arnica flowers have been used for various medicinal applications since the 1500s. Swiss mountain guides chew its leaves to prevent fatigue while climbing!

The Healing Properties of Arnica

If eaten, the actual herb can be toxic to the liver and can be fatal. Because of the risk of pure arnica, the FDA classifies it as an unsafe herb. In homeopathy, however, some remedies using arnica are considered safe. It is important to see a trusted homeopath for tinctures infused with arnica as they can work quite well for many things including seasickness.

I have used it topically many times and found it to be quite effective. Arnica can be used in a variety of ways depending on the need. Diluted tinctures of arnica are used in foot baths to soothe sore feet. Arnica oils, creams, and gels are the most common form used to treat sprains, bruises, sore and tired muscles.

Arnica is best known for its capability to help lessen swelling, and helps speed up the healing process of bruises and wounds. Athletes tend to apply it after a tough workout to speed up their recovery.

The active compounds of arnica give it the ability to protect the body against bacterial infections. Be sure not to apply arnica directly on open wounds or broken skin to prevent irritation.

Frances Michaelson

Based in the West Island of Montreal, Frances Michaelson is author of several publications including her published book , Let’s Practice Health: Learn Why Your Gut Is the CEO of Your Health.With over three decades of experience , and a broad knowledge base, Frances is widely recognized as a leader in the health and fitness field. She is the former owner of Muscleup Inc. , an exercise product distribution company , which she founded and operated for over 20 years. Frances is a licensed naturopath in Quebec and has been a personal trainer for the past 17 years. She is also an avid health and fitness blogger and a frequent conference presenter .

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