Arnica has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s. It great for helping to heal bruises. Generally to relieve the pain of sprains and muscle pain. It can be applied to the skin as an oil. Used in a cream or salve. Arnica oil can also be used to relieve areas of stiffness resulting from flying or long-distance driving.
This article, on Dr.Mercola’s web site provides information about the uses, composition. Benefits of arnica oil –. Even provides a recipe on how to make your own.
Arnica oil is becoming popular for its pain-relieving and health-promoting properties. It’s a wonderful addition to your alternative first aid kit, especially if you’re prone to exercise-related injuries, such as bruises or sprains. Keep on reading to learn more about arnica oil.
What Is Arnica Oil?
Arnica refers to a clan of flowering perennial plants from the daisy family (Compositae) that’s native to Europe and Siberia but also grows in North America, especially in mountainous regions. It's well-known for its use in natural medicine and is recognisable through its flowers, which have yellow petals and an orange centre. Arnica grows between one to two feet high, with one to three flower blossoms per plant.
There are several species of arnica. The most famous is Arnica montana, also known as Leopard’s Bane, Mountain Tobacco. Wolf’s Bane. This alpine plant grows in meadows up to 3,000 feet above sea level. The higher the altitude, the more aromatic the flowers become. Arnica montana blossoms are used to make arnica oil, an aromatic, yellow essential oil.
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