The arnica plant often grows 1-2 feet tall, and looks similar to daisy. The flowers are of yellowy orange shade. The fresh or dried flower heads are used to make an infused oil that can be used as a carrier oil in massage therapy.
Arnica Montana is a native of Europe and has been used since centuries in natural treatments in Russia, Swiss Alps and many other parts of the world. It is believed that Arnica extracts have huge inflammatory properties and helps in increasing blood circulation to speed up the healing process.. It is available in the form of oil, lotion, creams, gel and ointments.
- Skin disorders
- Hair care
- Scalp conditions
Arnica oil is widely used in massage oils, hair tonics, serums, elixirs and hair oils. Arnica is usually not taken internally unless it is a homeopathic preparation, since it is toxic in nature.
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What’s in Arnica Oil?
- Flavonoid glycosides
- Sesquiterpene lactones: helenalin and 11 alpha,13-dihydrohelenalin
- Volatile oils
- Pains and Swellings :- North Americans, Indians and Europeans generally used Arnica oil for healing wounds, for reducing inflammation, and for muscle pains. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities of Arnica oil can reduce swelling and pain and the topical application of the oil accelerates the healing process of wounds.
- Hairfall and Dandruff:- It is used in several hair care products to reduce hair fall and dandruff. Arnica infusion can be made at home which is a great remedy to control hair fall and also stimulates hair growth.
- Split ends and Premature Graying:- Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, Arnica oil can reduce split ends and prevent premature graying of hair. Apply over the hair and scalp and leave over night. Wash with a regular shampoo. Use regularly for best results.
- Skin Restoration:- Arnica flowers contains Helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone, which is the key ingredient to help boost the skin restoration process. It also contains flavonoids, carbonic acid, coumarins and volatile oils which have the capacity to rejuvenate the skin and keep it healthy and glowing. They also stimulate the skin cells and speed up healing process.
- Eczema:- Several creams and lotions add arnica as an ingredient which can effectively cure eczema, itchiness, vaginitis and other skin infections, due to its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties.
- Stretch Marks:- Topical application of Arnica oil can effectively reduce the stretch marks in pregnants post delivery, as the flavonoids and other phytochemicals present in it can boost collagen and improves skin elasticity.
- Arthritis:- Several gels and creams are available to treat arthritis, joint swelling and pains. It is proved in a research that Arnica is effective when compared to Ibuprofen, in treating Osteoarthritis. Many products of Arnica are used in spas in body massages because of its pain relieving and soothing properties.
- Mouthwash:- Arnica is included in many mouthwash products due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
- Acne:- Arnica is effective in curing and controlling acne, though it is not recommended to apply over broken skin. It improves blood circulation and makes the skin bright. Many creams and lotions are available for treating acne.
How to make Arnica Oil at home? :-
- Olive oil
- Glass jar with tight lid
- Dried and coarse Arnica flowers.
Put 1/4th cup of crushed Arnica flowers in a 12 oz glass jar. Pour Olive oil over these flowers up to 3/4th of the jar. Add a few drops of rosemary oil for extra shelf life. Close the lid tightly. Place the jar daily in a place where direct sunlight can fall over it, for at least four weeks. Strain the oil and use it as a remedy for hair fall, dandruff, hair graying or to stimulate hair growth. It can also be used for skin treatments.
- Arnica oil is highy toxic and is meant only for topical use unless it is a homeopathic preparation.
- Do not take the Arnica internally.
- Do not use Arnica oil on open wounds.
- Discontinue use of the oil if skin irritation occurs or the problem persists.
- Do not use Arnica oil during pregnancy or when breastfeeding without a doctor’s approval.
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