Scientific name: Arnica montana
Parts used: Flowers
Origin: Native to mountainous regions of Europe
Large flower heads with brilliant yellow coloration, Arnica has been used as an herbal medicine since the 1500s. The most common use of Arnica montana is as a soothing agent for inflammation. As such, Arnica is the most frequently used herbs by athletes. Due to the organic anti-inflammatory compounds of the plant, it can quickly reduce swelling, ease bruises and pain.
Often used in ointments, Arnica can heal wounds; soothe muscle aches and joint pain. It can help treat insect bites and stings, especially those that may lead to intense bruising and soreness.
Used as an infusion, tincture, oil, ointment, or mouth rinse, the oils and creams are one of the best known herbal medicines with dramatic results if used immediately after an injury to speed the healing process.
Note: Never apply to cuts, rashes or open wounds. Arnica should never be taken internally. Not recommended for long-term use as it may cause skin irritation.
Bruises, Infections, Injuries, Pain, Soreness, Swelling
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