Arnica Montana is readily found in the mountainous regions of the United Kingdom. It is widespread across most of Europe.
It has been used for both therapeutic and ornamental purposes for hundreds of years even though it is a moderately toxic flowering plant.
Arnica Montana has numerous common names such as mountain arnica, mountain tobacco, and wolf’s bane.
Some active constituents in arnica include; linoleic acid, helenalin, thymol, and palmitic acid.
It should be noted that arnica should not be consumed orally nor be placed on open wounds.
Below are various health benefits of arnica montana;
1. For Pain
Arnica Montana which is native in Europe is distributed widely in the western part of the world and also planted in many herb gardens in the region. The plant is also known as mountain tobacco or leopard’s bane and has been used, since the early 19th century, when it was prescribed to aid in relieving external pain. It was also used in concoctions to ease the symptoms of joint pains and sore or tired muscles. It was used by Indians to make a solution that was applied like cream for back pain relief. The liquid was also rubbed on sore legs, arms and other muscles.
2. For Sprains, Bruises, And Back Pains
Currently, the commercial demand for Arnica montana has significantly increased, as its extracts and ointment are effective treatments for sprains, bruises, back pains, and muscle pain. The plant’s extracts promote healing by improving the blood supply.
3. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Arnica is also used as a potent anti-inflammatory agent which increases the reabsorption of internal bleeding. When taken internally in minimal amounts, Homeopathic dilutions are useful for relieving pain and shock. Skilled physicians and naturopaths use arnica in small doses to treat angina and also for stimulating blood circulation. The plant’s products can either be applied externally or consumed internally.
4. Soothing And Relieving
Arnica Montana has excellent soothing and relieving properties. Thus, it is used to create a variety of products such as ointment, cream, oil, pills, and tincture which are readily available in food and drug stores.
5. For Neck Pains And Headaches
The plant’s extracts can help relieve headaches which results due to neck pains. When applied to the painful muscles on your neck or back the muscles loosen up and relieve problems associated with the tight muscles.
6. Relieve Pains And Swelling Caused By Fractures
Arnica extracts are also useful when applied to fractures during the healing process because it reduces swelling and offers temporary pain relief on the affected area.
7. Therapeutic Constituents
The active ingredients of medicinal products made from Arnica Montana are extracted from the blossom. Sesquiterpene lactone is one of the most important components in arnica, and it is the ingredient that contains the properties for pain relief and the anti-inflammatory agent. Additional active components in arnica include; thymol, inulin, flavonoids glycosides, as well as antioxidants such as tannins, and carotenoids. These constituents improve the potency of arnica.
8. For Improved Blood Circulation
Due to its properties which make it suitable for bruises and sprains, Arnica Montana can be used after vigorous exercise to reduce or avoid swelling. It also has the ability to reduce cellulite. If combined with a carrier oil, arnica montana could help in stimulating the flow of blood.
9. As Preservative And Fungicide
Arnica montana’s roots contain some traces of thymol which is used as a preservative or fungicide. Thymol is also used to make ointments and salves that are commonly used by professional athletes for treating strains, bruises, and sprains.
10. For Healing Wounds
Thymol contained in Arnica Montana’s roots helps to reduce blood vessels thus aid in regulating blood flow efficiently. Research has shown that this herb helps in healing wounds after surgery and reduces pain and excessive bleeding after surgery. Arnica gel is also recommended to reduce dark circles and inflammation under the eyes. It should be noted that arnica should not be placed on open wounds.
11. For Skin
Arnica Montana’s rhizomes and flowers are often used to make herbal medications for different infections. It is preferred for use in the production of skin products because it helps to soothe and treat irritated skin, insect bites and numerous bacterial diseases on the skin. The plant’s extracts is also a vital ingredient used in treating arthritis, eczema, ulcers, sore throat and chapped lips. These extracts are also used as a moisturizer to soften the skin due to its moisturizing properties.
There are numerous causes of skin disorders. Application of arnica gel can treat the disease and sooth the skin. However, don’t use it on an open wound.
12. For Hair
The extracts are also used in hair care products to help in strengthening the scalp, remove dirt from the scalp, prevent dandruff, and prevent hair loss. Nearly all pain ointments have a very greasy and sticky feel which make them of inferior quality. They also often have a terrible smell and may also leave unpleasant stains on brightly colored clothes. Ointments made from arnica have a non-greasy feel and dry faster making them suitable and comfy to use.
13. For Rheumatism
Pain creams made of arnica extracts are a convenient alternative to use for people with rheumatism because they dry fast and have no sharp smell. They can, therefore, be carried to be used anytime and in any place.
14. For Burns And Scrapes
To speed up the healing procedure for bruises, burns, and wounds, apply some ointment made from arnica montana extracts. The plant has properties that are beneficial and acts as first aid for burns, bruises, scrapes, and wounds.
15. For Scars
Arnica Montana has been used for many years because it also aids in the eradication of scars and spots from the skin. Before applying arnica ointment, it is good to ensure that the bleeding from the wound has stopped. Through continuous use of the ointment, scars from burns, acne, and sores could become lighter or disappear altogether. For this remedy, apply the arnica ointment on the affected area to achieve the best results.
16. For Quick Recovery
Arnica is could be used both before and after surgical procedures such as breast implant surgery, liposuction, nasal reshaping, and facelifts to help in achieving quick recovery through a fast resolution of any swelling or bruising. Slight cosmetic procedures such as wrinkle filler treatments can also result in bruising and irritation and the use of Arnica can assist in treating them too.
Word Of Caution
Arnica should not be consumed orally as it could be toxic. Furthermore, extended use of arnica should be avoided as it could lead to skin irritation. Consult your doctor before using arnica montana.
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