The Wonderful Benefits of Arnica

The Wonderful Benefits of Arnica

arnica montanaDo you have a staple in your medicine cabinet that is your go-to remedy for a variety of ailments?  In our family, it’s arnica. We use arnica for many different maladies and it has worked wonders for us.

Arnica comes from the wolf’s bane plant.  It is also referred to as leopard’s bane, mountain tobacco and mountain arnica. This is what the flower looks like.




Arnica is used to reduce inflammation due to injury, sprains or strains.  I have read that it can also aid in regenerating tissue.  It can treat wounds, bruises, arthritis and other inflammatory issues.  It aids in circulation and can be applied directly on the skin or taken internally.

How We Have Used Arnica

My husband was in a serious car accident about 6 years ago and had broken ribs and major bruising across his abdomen. During his healing process, he applied arnica to the bruised areas. However, as a bit of an experiment, he didn’t apply it to all of the bruised tissue.  Remarkably, the area on which he applied the arnica was healing 2 to 3 times faster than the other area.  It was no longer black and purple while the other side remained bruised and sensitive to the touch for a much longer time.

We used arnica recently on our 2 year old who had a fairly serious burn on her hand.  She came with me to an event and she began playing with some children at a hot water dispenser.  There was no safety on the dispenser and while she and another girl were touching it, her hand became scalded.  Most of the burned area was red but she had some blisters, as well.  We treated her immediately with cold water, a pain reliever and copious amounts of arnica gel.  Her pain was gone by the next day and the redness was gone a few days later.  She had no scarring whatsoever.

A Complement To Other Treatments

There have been studies conducted on patients undergoing surgery and they found that the patients who had taken arnica internally had reduced swelling and faster rates of healing as opposed to the patients who were given a placebo. The internal arnica comes in a homeopathic pill form that looks like this:

arnica montana

Arnica can also be used by arthritis patients who have been known to have a significant reduction in stiffness and swelling when using arnica along with their other treatment protocols. You can find arnica montana here. And, you can find the arnica gel here, as well.

Athletes Can Also Benefit

If you are very active in sports or just do your best to keep yourself fit, you know what it feels like after a long session of strenuous exercise. You hurt!  You can combat the soreness of that lactic acid buildup with arnica.  Studies have shown that marathon runners who had taken arnica had less muscle soreness.

Warnings For Usage

As with any treatment, use common sense and caution. The gel should not be taken internally because the active ingredient helenalin is toxic and very dangerous for the heart.  Extensive topical use can result in eczema.  And, while homeopathic medicines are extremely diluted, it is wise to consult with a homeopathic physician before taking any homeopathic medication.


If used appropriately and safely, this is a wonderful natural treatment for a variety of problems.  We’ve found it to be really effective.

Live well and be happy!










4 Responses »

  1. Arnica is also good for singers (and public speakers) because it can prevent hoarseness of the voice when over used because of performances.

    British actress/homeopath Nicola Redmond swears by Arnica …
    When she was performing in a production of Macbeth at the National Theatre, she started using arnica to help protect her voice. Nicola said … ‘Projecting your voice night after night in a large theatre can make you go hoarse. The arnica stopped that. Some of the other actors tried it, too, and absolutely swore by it.’

    Nicola Redmond’s info

    Arnica … I keep it in my purse so I have it if I need it unexpectedly.

    Try it and see what you think …

    • You can usually find it without any problem at health food stores or stores that cater to all organic food. Good luck! In Europe, it’s at just about any pharmacy so you might try there if you’re in the US.

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