What Is Arnica and What Are Its Benefits?

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 18:15

With at-home remedies gaining popularity recently, you’ve probably seen articles about the wonders that Arnica can work for your skin. But what exactly is Arnica?

Arnica montana is a yellow flower that grows mainly in Europe and Siberia, along with a few places in North America. It’s also known as the “mountain daisy” or “mountain tobacco.”

Arnica is often used by athletes and celebrities alike to soothe their skin and repair damage caused by injury or irritation and can be a great natural alternative to medication for managing certain conditions. It’s clear this sunny yellow plant has a lot to offer us. So what could Arnica do for you?

 

Benefits of Arnica

The Arnica plant is known for its healing properties. It can be applied to the skin in order to heal bruises more quickly, soothe inflammation, ease muscle pain, and even alleviate stiffness caused by arthritis or other joint injuries.

It’s also a potent skincare ingredient. Arnica can help fight dandruff and support a healthy scalp while also being used to treat acne or insect bites. This might sound too good to be true, but the key is to use this plant correctly: Whipping up a remedy without doing your research can do more harm than good.

 

How to Use Arnica at Home

People usually use Arnica in one of two ways: Topical application or oral ingestion. Here are a few ways it might benefit you:

  • For muscle aches, swelling, and sprains: If you want to make your own remedy, add ½ teaspoon dried Arnica herb to 1 cup of water and spray on the affected area. You can also use a topical cream for this.

  • For joint swelling, stiffness, or soreness: Arnica creams are great for helping reduce minor joint swelling, stiffness, or soreness due to arthritis or other similar conditions.

  • For general body pain relief: Oral Arnica pills can be taken in place of other over-the-counter pain relievers. From everything to muscle soreness to headaches, Arnica is a more natural solution.

 

When applying a topical gel, oil, spray or ointment, be sure you’re adding to unbroken skin. You can find these at many organic food stores.

 

If you aren’t an at-home herbalist, don’t worry: Many mainstream companies have picked up on the benefits of this amazing herb and are now incorporating it into their products. Look for Arnica as an ingredient in your hair or skincare products the next time you could use a little added boost.