Arnica is a herbaceous plant which, belonging to the Composite family, develops spontaneously in the Alpine and pre-Alpine regions, such as in the Dolomites, in the Trentino Alps, in the Stelvio National Park and in other places comparable in climate and soil to these quoted.
This ornamental herb for its beauty and medicine for the curative substances contained in it prefers wet mountain soils, and in addition to the places previously outlined, it can be found in the temperate zones of North America, in many regions of central Europe and in Siberia
It is a perennial herbaceous plant, not extremely tall, which has oval leaves and vivid flowers, pleasantly and aromatically scented, with an orange-yellow color and very similar to daisies.
What is derived from arnica and what are its healing abilities?
From the constituent parts of the arnica we obtain extraordinary essential oils, allies of well-being.
The plant of which we are arguing, since ancient times has been used so much for its multiple healing capacities.
It has always been established that it acts perfectly on external traumas, having anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and antiseptic properties.
In fact, thanks to two chemicals that contains dihydroelenaline and elenalina, it reduces inflammation and eliminates bacteria.
The active ingredients of the plant in question have beneficial effects on vomiting, nausea and hemorrhoids and in cases where tendinitis, haematomas, surgery, severe wounds and back pain occur.
Arnica produces an extraordinary painkiller that, not being an allopathic drug, is suitable for those who do not tolerate pain and do not want to suffer any side effects related to medicines.
Its flowers, very similar to the daisy, both in shape and color, make up that part used in herbal medicine and in herbal medicine.
For example, those fresh and not dried are used to prepare infusions, to treat, through compresses, boils, hematomas, bruises and inflammations and the ingenuated ointment is used to cure the Fire of St. Anthony.
Why is arnica used?
The active ingredients of arnica, ie triterpenes, flavonoids and sesquiterpene lactones are the components that create its multiple properties, such as antimicrobials, anti-inflammatory, circulation stimulants and painkillers.
It is advisable to always take the product obtained only externally, because it was found that the internal use, in medicinal doses, causes gastric irritation and other colletral effects, so that oral treatments are carried out only through homeopathic dilutions of the remedy.
Arnica, used above all in the form of ointments, creams or gels, as well as being useful in cases of sprains, hematomas, distortions and superficial phlebitis and to decrease the pain caused, for example by falls and bumps, favors the reabsorption of bruises.
Furthermore, it can be used against arthrosis, joint and muscle suffering, insect bites, chapped lips, acne, sore throat and other ailments, often in the form of a homeopathic remedy.
In addition, thanks to some substances it contains, it guarantees cardiac stimulation, counteracting the pressure drops due to meteorological variations and relieving the typical pain of angina pectoris.
Each arnica-based preparation is able to work perfectly to eradicate or even alleviate what has been written so far, although it is only applied externally.