- Promotes pain relief and speeds the recovery process from minor injuries including bruises, sore muscles, aches, and sprains.
- Eases pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis.
- Acts as an antibacterial to help soothe mouth, tooth, or skin irritation.
Topically, arnica oil is used to reduce irritation and boost the immune system to quickly heal minor injuries such as bruises, aches, sore muscles and sprains. Because of its antibacterial properties, it has also shown promise in soothing insect bites, chapped lips, and acne. Arnica speeds up the recovery process by energizing tissues and calming irritated areas.
Several studies suggest that arnica may also be helpful in managing osteoarthritis pain and stiffness. Researchers report that applying topical arnica gel provides relief from arthritis pain as effectively as conventional ibuprofen without the risk of harmful side effects.
Arnica oil it thought to stimulate the flow of white blood cells and help process congested blood, thereby releasing stagnant fluid from injury sites. The arnica flowerhead is believed to contain five known derivatives of thymol, a natural phenol derivative, which is responsible for arnica oil’s ability to reduce irritation and swelling. Other active substances in the petals include powerful antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
Arnica oil is extracted from the bright yellow flowers of the woodland arnica plant, a member of the sunflower family native to Central Europe and the western United States. In this bottle you’ll find oil extracted from the flowers of the arnica montana species, native to Europe. The brilliant golden flowers are generally harvested shortly after they bloom between mid-summer and late autumn.
For best results, massage arnica oil freely on the affected area. Do not apply to broken skin, as doing so may cause burning or stinging.
- There is some concern that arnica oil may amplify the effects of anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs, thereby increasing the risk of bleeding. Though this effect has not yet been observed in humans, those taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs should be cautious when using arnica oil.
- People who are allergic to plants in the Asteraceae/Compoitae family such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies may be sensitive to arnica oil. Topically, arnica oil may cause skin irritation, itchiness, or rash.
- Do not apply to broken skin, as doing so may cause burning or stinging.
- Consult your physician before using arnica if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.