This is a must have in a medicine cabinet and is typically the first thing I reach for. The homeopathic version of arnica comes in a pellet that you place in your mouth but also can be used topically as a cream, ointment, salve or tincture. Arnica is a flowering plant native to the mountains in Europe and Siberia and is now cultivated in North America.
The Europeans and Native Americans have used Arnica for medicinal purposes since the 1500’s. The popularity of Arnica in the US continues to grow and is widely used by athletes.
Arnica Montana is used to soothe sore muscles, bruises, heal wounds, sprains, and other conditions caused by overexertion and trauma. Arnica also reduces inflammation and is used with rheumatic pain, swelling due to fractures and even inflammation from insect bites.
The other day, my son was out playing roller hockey in the street and fell on his elbow. He came in and I could already see the swelling beginning. The first thing I reached for was Arnica Montana.
If you are having any type of surgery, take Arnica before and after surgery to help with inflammation.
The uses for Arnica are endless, from a bug bite to a major surgery.
Arnica is sold in stores that sell herbs and natural/alternative remedies. The Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods are two examples of stores that have Arnica however it is becoming so widely used it would not surprise me to see it in any grocery store and maybe even Target as an ointment. If you can’t find it locally, there are thousands of sites online that sell Arnica.