Arnica’s Health Benefits

The Arnica is a plant belongs to the family of Asteraceae, which are also part of the sunflowers. In fact, it is easily confused with them, but arnica leaves are different, and that’s where we can differentiate the two plants. Arnica has a more velvety texture and has small hairs, while the flowers are similar.

Originating in regions with a temperate climate, the currently best known variety of arnica is arnica montana. It is also popularly known as mountain arnica, true arnica or mountain tobacco.

Like most medicinal plants that are available from nature, arnica has been used for a long time by people from different continents to treat various diseases. It is widely used in the home treatment of abrasions, roundworms, animal bites and against flatulence. Arnica can still be used as a diuretic.


Arnica has so many benefits for our body that it can be used both internally and externally. For internal use, it helps to treat cases of worms, bloating and flatulence. However, this use can only be done through arnica tincture or homeopathic remedies made from the plant. It is important to emphasize that these remedies must be consumed under the guidance of a homeopathic physician, as arnica, when consumed in excess, can be toxic.

In its external use, arnica helps in the healing of wounds, torn ligaments, sports injuries, bruises, bruises and fibromyalgia. It is widely used by athletes to clear up bruises, to combat trauma, to undo edema and other various muscle bruises. For these treatments, arnica is found in different formats:

  • Arnica tea for compress

Arnica tea is made from the flowers of the plant and used as a compress to relieve swelling and to treat headaches, rheumatism and bruises. It is also considered beneficial for the treatment of problems with circulation and for gargling, in the treatment of sore throats and sore throats.

To prepare the arnica tea compress, you need to add a teaspoon of the plant for every 250 ml of water. Once ready, just apply the warm tea with the help of a tissue over the region you want to treat. The recommended is to compress three to four times throughout the day.

  • Arnica ointment

Arnica ointment is made from the extract of the plant’s green flowers. Used since ancient times, it is currently sold in stores and pharmacies dedicated to the sale of natural or herbal products. The use of the ointment is indicated for the treatment of muscle pain, contusion, arthritis and arthrosis, bruises and trauma. It is recommended to apply the cream at least three times during the day on the affected region and, at the same time, perform a light massage in order to enhance the effect.

  • Arnica gel

The function of arnica gel is very similar to that of ointment, but it has a different texture because it is made from a concentrated natural arnica extract. It also leaves the area where it was applied feeling more refreshing than the ointment. Arnica gel can be used to combat different pains, such as bruises, muscle trauma and sprains. It is also found in pharmacies and herbal and natural products stores.

  • Arnica extract

In addition to the arnica gel and ointment, it is also possible to create a homemade arnica extract solution. It can be used on bruises, muscle injuries in general and insect bites. To prepare the solution, place arnica leaves in an alcohol bottle and let it rest for at least ten days. After this period, the statement will be ready for use.


Arnica can be found in different formats (tea, gel, ointment and extract) and its benefits for our body go beyond just treating muscle pain. Discover eight other benefits of arnica consumption.

  1. nourishes the skin

Arnica flowers are rich in carbonic acid, volatile oils and flavonoids, substances that contribute to the nutrition and hydration of our skin. They even help keep you looking more rejuvenated. In addition, these substances have medicinal properties that act by accelerating the healing process of burns, wounds and excessive exposure to the sun.

  • smooth streaks

Also allied to the health of the skin, arnica flowers are excellent allies for smoothing stretch marks. This is because the arnica extract works to soften the aesthetic aspect of stretch marks.

  • Fights hair loss

In addition to providing benefits for our skin, arnica also provides benefits for the hair. The plant plays an essential role in the health of the threads, as it works by favoring the growth and strengthening of hair, in addition to fighting hair loss and rejuvenating the leather. Because of these benefits, arnica is widely used in the manufacture of shampoos.

  • Helps in the treatment of dandruff

Also related to hair health, arnica also acts in the treatment of dandruff, a problem known for the presence of small white scales on the leather. The plant works by eliminating excess oil from the scalp, which helps to keep the hair clean and restores its natural shine.

  • Oral health favors

In addition to offering skin and hair health benefits, arnica also has oral health benefits. It is used to treat oral infections, as washing the mouth with arnica can prevent and even help to treat gingivitis, toothache and pyorrhea. Arnica can be found as a component of personal care products.

  • Fights post-surgical swelling

Homeopathic doses of arnica have great results in reducing the swelling that is caused in the body after minor surgical interventions. It is widely used in the case of patients who undergo arthroscopy procedures.

  • Fights Rheumatoid Arthritis

The anti-inflammatory substances present in arnica are able to help in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disease that affects many joints, including those in the hands and feet. The use of arnica ointment and gel helps to reduce the pain and stiffness present in patients suffering from the disease.

  • muscle pain releases

The anti-inflammatory properties, which help to treat rheumatoid arthritis, are also very effective in treating different muscle pain, as well as bruises and bruises. Therefore, the use of arnica statement or gel are indicated for people who practice physical activities frequently and for athletes.


Although arnica is a completely natural medicine and has many benefits for our health, it can have some side effects when used improperly. These include dizziness, abdominal pain, tremors, increased blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia and/or arrhythmias, allergies, rashes, dermatitis, skin blisters and intoxication. In addition, the consumption of arnica is contraindicated in pregnant women, babies and children, people who have exposed wounds, who suffer from gastrointestinal and/or kidney diseases, who have sensitive skin and bleeding wounds.

The benefits of using arnica are obtained when it is used correctly and supervised by a physician, who should recommend the most appropriate treatment according to the clinical condition of each patient. In addition, to fight diseases and, consequently, obtain a better quality of life, it is necessary to be willing to review eating habits and adopt the practice of physical exercise in everyday life. The consumption of arnica does not eliminate the need for specialized medical care, as well as the carrying out of clinical and labor examinations.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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