Arnica: Curative, cosmetic properties and contraindications
What are the properties of arnica? Arnica (Arnica montana) is a plant valued for its medicinal properties, especially for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Applied as a cream or ointment (made with dried flower petals plant), Arnica is a good remedy to relieve the swelling and pain that can accompany to the contusions, sprains, bruises or stiffness. Arnica has been used as a natural remedy since ancient times, for example, to relieve sore throats or to lower the fever. Let’s look more closely, what are the properties that contains arnica plant are.
Arnica is a good remedy to cure small wounds applying an ointment to the affected area, also having excellent antiseptic properties. In fact, this plant is capable of removing bacteria and strengthens the immune system.
Arnica plant also has excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. For example, arnica ointment or cream is used as a homeopathic topical agent for alleviate some symptoms such as pain and reduce inflammation in case of contractures or muscle pain.
An ally of hair and skin, in particular, to combat pimples, acne, rashes or bruises, but also contusions, sprains, swelling and muscle pain (in this case, applying massaging the area). A natural remedy if you want to avoid the side effects of common painkillers.
Before taking any herb should also know the possible contraindications. Thus, arnica, taken orally, should always be diluted in order to avoid effects such as stomach pain, headache or vomiting. It should not be taken during pregnancy, lactation or in cases of allergies.