"If nature is your teacher, your soul will awaken." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Arnica is a perennial plant that is in the sunflower family. It likes to grow in alpine nutrient-poor soil or clay soils. It can be found across Central Europe, in the Western United States, in the United Kingdom and in Canada (USDA zones 5-9 just in case you want to grow your own). On a wide global scale, it is considered a rare flower however locally to where is grows it may seem abundant. It produces a yellow flower that is similar to a daisy but has yellow petals and a yellow center.
For centuries Arnica flowers have been used to help relieve muscle and joint pain. It contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help alleviate swelling and muscle tenseness. In a similar manner it can also help with arthritis and other similar conditions we experience with aging when applied to joints. So, don't think Arnica is exclusively a young man’s game it can be used on a wide variety of people and help them gain relief from stiff achy muscles, sore joints or arthritis, sprains and strains and so many other conditions.
Have you ever looked down and wondered where that random bruise came from? I know this happens to me all the time. I always end up with several bruises I can't specifically attribute to an event. Our Arnica Muscle Relief Balm and Arnica Muscle Relief Oil are made from organic Arnica flowers. Not only do they help with brusing, they are fantastic to muscle recovery. The natural compounds that make up Arnica (Helenalin, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, thymol, dihydrohelenaline and chamissonolid amongst others) can actually help heal broken blood vessels in certain layers of your skin which helps to do away with bruises! Finally, something to help those unsightly pesky things disappear faster!
Nature’s anti-inflammatory, Arnica is well known for its ability to reduce swelling. Thus, it offers significant benefits in the treatment of sprains, strains, fractures, contusions, and other injuries. Some surgeons recommend Arnica as a remedy to reduce post-surgical swelling.
Arnica is a natural pain reliever that doesn’t just mask the pain; it stimulates your body’s healing processes. Arnica is especially recommended for pain that derives from trauma (such as a fall) or inflammation (such as arthritis). Arnica offers a natural alternative remedy for pain, without the risks associated with pain medicine.
Studies have shown that applying Arnica to an arthritic body part leads to significant improvement. Homeopathic pills or tablets for arthritis often include Arnica along with other natural remedies like comfrey root that benefit arthritis.