It’s another lovely day to talk about the health benefits of arnica this time.
Arnica is becoming more popular as I see supplements made from them. Some other names for arnica are arnica montana, wolf’s bane, leopard’s bane, mountain tobacco, and mountain arnica.
This is a list of the health benefits of arnica that I’ve collected across the web.
1. Arnica Helps Reduce Inflammation
Relieving inflammations is one of the most common uses of arnica.
You can directly apply arnica extracts or arnica gel on the area that’s inflamed. You should notice reduced swelling and loosening of the muscles around the area.
This can be very beneficial to people like me who are suffering from arthritis.
Here’s a study (Anti-inflammatory activity of Arnica montana) conducted on animals that shows arnica montana having anti-inflammatory activity.
2. Has Antioxidant Activity
According to this study (Evaluation of antioxidant and cytoprotective activities of Arnica montana L. and Artemisia absinthium L. ethanolic extracts), the extracts of arnica showed good antioxidant activity.
Furthermore, it also displayed a cytoprotective effect against oxidative damage.
These effects are caused by the flavonoids and phenolic acids in arnica extracts.
3. Arnica Has Analgesic Qualities
Arnica has qualities that are effective in relieving pain.
This herb is already capable of reducing swelling, and now it also helps with reducing the pain.
Arnica is quite handy if you’re always experiencing arthritis attacks.
More of this effect can be read in this study (Homeopathic arnica for prevention of pain and bruising).
4. May Help Relieve Headaches
Arnica is used to treat headaches and migraines in folk medicine.
It has mild sedative effects that help relax your muscles and relieve some pain.
5. Arnica May Help With Internal Bleeding
The different organic compounds in arnica help heal broken blood vessels in your skin.
This can reduce or relieve faster the black and blue coloration on you when you have bruises.
6. Is Good For Your Hair
Arnica can help stimulate your hair growth.
It strengthens your hair follicles to prevent hair loss while improving your hair volume.
You can just add arnica extracts to your shampoo.
Furthermore, this herb has a moisturizing effect that can help prevent dandruff.
7. Arnica Helps Prevent Or Relieve Skin Problems
Arnica has some antibacterial qualities that help prevent or relieve skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
If you’re often suffering from itchy skin rashes, arnica may also be of help.
It’s anti-inflammatory qualities and antioxidant activity can treat your skin rashes.
It can also moisturize your skin that’s good for treating dry skin.
Another uncommon herb or plant that can help you with skin problems is drosera.
If you want to know more about drosera’s health benefits, you can check my article here.
These are some of the health benefits of arnica that you can get.
You’re probably also not familiar with arnica like me but it looks like it’s good for osteoarthritis which is something I need.
If you’re going to pick one, which one on the list of health benefits of arnica do you need?
I’ve noticed a lot of “word of caution” in using arnica so please consult it first with your doctor or health professional if you can use it.
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