Arnica Montana Plant
Arnica Montana can trace its roots back to the early 1500’s. Because of its effectiveness and uses, it is still very popular until today. It can be applied to the skin as an ointment, cream, salve, liniment, or tincture. Arnica has been known to reduce swelling and inflammation, soothe muscle aches, and even heal wounds. Bruises and sprains are the most common reasons why people utilize this product. As an herb, Arnica is only safe to use topically because it may cause serious side effects when ingested. Some oral homeopathic medicines that contain Arnica may be taken orally, but this is due to the fact that it is already diluted. Before utilizing this, a consultation with the physician should be done first.
Description of the Arnica Montana plant
The Arnica plant grows to a height of 2 feet, and it looks similar to daisies because it has yellow orange flowers. Its stem looks hairy, and the leaves are bright green. This can be seen mainly in the mountains of Europe and Serbia, but people found a way to grow it in North America. Medicinal properties can be extracted from the flower whether it is dried or fresh.
Arnica is applied topically to treat the following: swelling from broken bones, wound healing, inflammations caused by an insect bite, joint pain, bruises, sprains, superficial phlebitis, and muscle aches. Homeopathic preparations can also cure these things, but they are diluted and generally safe for use. In fact, it is so diluted that even a small amount of Arnica plant cannot be seen. When taken according to the instructions of the physician, the client will not experience any untoward side effects.
Different forms of Arnica Montana
The most common products under the name of Arnica are ointments and creams. For the topical preparation, the Arnica oil can also be utilized.
Instructions for use
Arnica should never be ingested or taken by mouth without the guidance and supervision of the doctor, except when it is already diluted lest the person want to experience severe side effects.
These types of products should only be used as per instruction of the practitioner, or the direction stated in the packaging. Physicians can also give the homeopathic preparation via injection.
Do not apply it to an open, broken, or wounded skin.
Homeopathic preparations can be used to relieve swelling and pain in the soft tissues. Always follow the instructions in the package and use only when the product is already diluted. Never take the herb itself.
Precautions when using Arnica Montana
Arnica is relatively safe when applied on the skin as cream or ointment, but take care not to use it for a long period because it can cause severe skin irritation, blisters, and peeling. As stated earlier, this should not be applied in the broken skin. Also people who are allergic to similar flowers should avoid it because it may elicit the same reaction. When pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid using Arnica even on cream form because it may be transferred to the breast milk, that is why talking to the doctor is highly recommended.