You may have heard of Arnica (and Arnica Flowers) before because it is a great natural remedy that has been used for centuries. It’s probably more well-known as a homeopathic remedy; it is indeed homeopathy that has brought it to the fore in more recent times.
So what is Arnica?
Arnica, or Arnica Montana, is a small-ish plant. It produces small yellow flowers that are not unlike a sunflower in look and give off a strong aroma.
Arnica as a remedy refers to the flower of the plant. You infuse the flowers slowly into oil which are then be combined with other oils, creams, butters to produce various balms, salves and rubs for topical use.
What uses does it have?
Arnica has a number of common modern day uses such as helping to heal bruising, muscle recovery, to reduce inflammation and swelling and to soothe muscle pains and aches.
It is believed that Arnica can reduce bruises, soothe bumps and help in the healing and recovery process due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its relaxing effect on the blood vessels. Anti-inflammatory properties also mean that it may help to reduce arthritis and joint pain, joint stiffness as well as general muscle pains.
In addition, many people and websites cite that it is a good remedy for other topical things such as insect bites and acne. This is due again to its anti-inflammatory and believed healing properties.
How do we use Arnica at Oomeo?
We use Arnica Flower Extract in a couple of different remedies:
- Oomeo Arnica Salve which is primarily for use on bruises, bumps, sprains and aches. You don’t need much as a little goes a long way. And that little will help to
speed up natural recovery and soothe / relive pain. Massage gently into the affected area up to 4 times per day.
- Oomeo Herbal Muscle Rub, which is a natural, herbal rub designed to soothe muscles and pain, support the natural recovery process. Very popular due to our proprietary blend of Arnica, Calendula and Comfrey.
- Lavender Muscle Rub is a natural rub designed to reduce neck and shoulder pain and stiffness; notably after a long day in the office or repetitive activities that create strain in those areas. Great just before bed to help relax and unwind.
- Menthol Muscle Rub, which is a natural sports rub that has a cooling effect on muscles for post gym, post workout, post sports activities. The Arnica Flowers help in the recovery process.
Do you have other topical uses for Arnica?
If so, do let us know as we are always looking to develop new and natural products to add to our range and are always keen to hear from customers about what they would like us to develop.
We look forward to hearing from you on firstname.lastname@example.org.