Have a bump? A bruise? Arnica oil is my No. 1 remedy for so many of our common bodily woes.
Applied to the skin in the form of an oil, cream, ointment, liniment or salve, arnica has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s. Arnica oil contains helenalin, a potent anti-inflammatory, making it a must-have for any natural first aid kit.
There are several species of arnica, but the most famous and commercially available is Arnica montana, also known as mountain tobacco, leopard’s bane and wolf’s bane. Through steam distillation or CO2 extraction, the flower heads are used to produce pure arnica essential oil, which is combined with a mild carrier oil to produce the ready-to-use arnica oil widely available today.
5 Impressive Health Benefits of Arnica Oil
1. Heals Bruises
One excellent natural remedy for bruises is arnica oil. Simply apply the arnica oil to the bruise twice daily (as long as the bruised skin area is unbroken). Nb. Use as soon as you have been hurt, minimal bruising will then occur.
2. Treats Osteoarthritis
Arnica has been shown in studies to be effective against osteoarthritis, making it an effective natural arthritis treatment.
3. Improves Carpal Tunnel
Arnica oil is an excellent natural remedy for carpal tunnel, inflammation of a very small opening just below the base of the wrist. Arnica oil helps with the pain associated with carpal tunnel and ideally can help sufferers to avoid surgery.
4. Relieves Sprains, Muscle Pain & Other Inflammation
Arnica oil is a potent remedy for various inflammatory and exercise-related injuries. The positive effects of topically applying arnica have proven to be effective in reducing pain, indicators of inflammation and muscle damage, which in turn can improve athletic performance.
5. Encourages Hair Growth
Male or female, if you are thinning on top you might want to try arnica oil as a natural hair treatment. In fact, arnica oil is one of the best secret treatments for reversing hair loss.
A regular scalp massage with arnica oil can provide invigorating nourishment to the scalp, which stimulates hair follicles to support the growth of new and healthy hair.
Where to Find It & How to Use
Arnica oil can typically be found at any health store as well as many online retailers. When purchasing arnica oil, look for one that has a low number of natural ingredients. Ideally, the oil contains arnica extract and a high-quality base oil (or oils) such as certified organic olive oil, almond oil and/or grapeseed oil. Avoid arnica oil that has “fragrance” listed as an ingredient since the fragrance source is unknown and can often be a skin irritant. Arnica is not meant to be used undiluted on the skin. By purchasing arnica oil, you have an arnica product that has already been diluted properly to make it safe for external use.
Before using arnica oil, make sure to shake the bottle well. You can apply arnica oil to an area of concern two to four times per day using cotton gauze or by massaging the oil directly into the skin until it is well-absorbed. As with any external product, discontinue use if a negative reaction occurs after application of arnica oil.
Laura Grace May 2017