- Usage: Apply on the wounded area making circular movement till the gel penetrates skin.
Very suitable for treating muscle bruises, skin injuries and even insect bites, arnica is a medicinal plant with a strong anti-inflammatory action that can be used in different ways - mainly in the form of a gel or an ointment. Want to learn more about the benefits of arnica and its possible everyday uses? We prepared an article addressing the subject better - just keep reading!
What is arnica and what is it used for?
For those who don't know, arnica is a plant widely cultivated in the American continent that has yellow flowers and soft, hairy green leaves - it's not for nothing that its name means "lamb skin". In addition to being easy to grow, adapting well to sandy soils, arnica has a number of medicinal properties and can be used in its entirety (from the stem to the leaves and flowers). Here, we list the main benefits of this plant:
Arnica is rich in polyphenols and anti-inflammatory substances
Arnica's great differential is that it provides a large amount of tannins and flavonoids - types of polyphenols that perform antioxidant action, fighting the action of free radicals and, consequently, preventing premature aging. In addition, arnica is a plant that has a strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, helping to treat bruises and skin or joint problems.
Helps reduce swelling and muscle pain
Did you know that arnica ointment or gel is very suitable for relieving pain and treating injuries? If there is any injury or swelling on the legs and arms, for example, a good tip is to apply this type of herbal remedy and then gently massage in circular motions. This is a great suggestion, including, to recover muscle contractures.
Arnica leaf has healing potential, being indicated to treat skin wounds
In addition to having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances, the arnica leaf - whether used in the form of an infusion or an ointment - also stands out for having healing properties. Because of this, she helps recover wounds, scars and even insect bites. A good tip is to apply the gel from this plant daily until the wound heals completely.
How to use arnica infusion and ointment to treat problems?
For those who don't know, there are dozens of species of arnica (cultivated both in Brazil and in the rest of the world) that are rich in medicinal properties. It is important to highlight, however, that its consumption must be very careful. It is not indicated, for example, to ingest the leaves, flowers or stem of this plant - this is because arnica tea can be quite toxic, have an abortive effect, cause swelling, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or even cardiac arrhythmia in the long term . Therefore, it is not indicated to use this plant to make teas and other drinks.
Arnica, in fact, can only be ingested through homeopathic remedies and, for that, it is essential to have the proper medical recommendation. So, to fully enjoy the benefits of arnica on a daily basis, it is best to apply the infusion directly to the skin or resort to ready-made ointments to massage the muscles and joints.
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