If you are searching for a homeopathic way to help heal external injuries, such as bruises or sprains, then you will be interested in the following herb. Arnica, which is also known as Arnica Montana, has been utilized for its medicinal compounds since the early 1500s, and its popularity has stood the test of time.
Throughout history, arnica has been utilized to help ease muscle pains, heal external wounds as well as reduce inflammation associated with rashes and other ailments. The first documented uses of arnica were to treat skin bruises as well as muscle sprains. But what exactly is this herb?
Arnica is a perennial plant, which is found throughout the mountainous regions of Siberia and Europe; however, it is also grown throughout North America. This plant can grow to a maximum height of two feet, and it features yellowish flowers, which resembles daisies.
Some of the most common uses for arnica include topical application for insect bite skin inflammation, swelling, bruising and muscle aches. While some remedies suggest ingesting arnica, it is not suggested to consume internally as this herb can be toxic if ingested. As a homeopathic medicine, arnica is sometimes recommended to be swallowed; however, only do so under the direct supervision of a medical professional as the amount of arnica ingested must be properly dosed to prevent adverse side effects.
Arnica is commonly found as a topical cream or ointment. However, arnica is also available in an oil form, which is ideal to be massaged into the skin to help relieve muscle pain. When purchasing an arnica cream or ointment, make sure the cream is comprised of 15 percent arnica oil. You can make a poultice from arnica. To do so, dilute the tincture up to 10 times with water before applying to the skin.
Take note, do not use arnica on skin that is broken or if you have blisters, peeling skin or eczema as this herb can cause an adverse allergic reaction. As with any herbal remedy, speak with your doctor prior to taking to ensure it is safe.