Healing Properties of Arnica

by Carol Barrett July 11, 2016

Healing Properties of Arnica

The amazing Arnica is an herb that has earned its reputation for dramatic healing properties. Arnica montana, also known as Bruisewort, Leopard's Bane and Wolf's Bane, belongs to the Compositae, or daisy family. The genus Arnica comprises 50 or so species of perennial rhizomatous herbs with simple leaves and daisy-like flowers. Arnica is well-known for treating injuries and bruises and it's an excellent remedy to have in your first-aid kit or sports kit bag. Well-known in traditional medicine, it is often the first remedy to be given after a fall, muscle strain, injury or surgery.

Healing Properties of Arnica - Therapeutic Action When applied directly after an injury Arnica significantly reduces bruise formation. It is also helpful for treating arthritis, burns, ulcers, eczema, and acne. Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities help reduce pain and swelling while improving wound healing. Common clinical external uses for Arnica include:

  • bruising
  • black eye
  • septic conditions such as painful recurrent boils
  • muscle exhaustion from over-exertion (wonderful for a muscle rub)
  • altitude sickness
  • injuries, i.e. falls, sprains, blows, bruises and fractures
  • after surgery
  • sprains
  • painful joints

Carol Barrett
Carol Barrett


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