Arnica ointment prevents and reduces bleeding, bruising and pain (which is why it is ideal to carry in the kit or first aid kit). Depending on the use we are going to give, the whole plant or only the arnica flower will be used.
What is arnica?
Before talking about the properties of arnica ointment, we must first know what it is.
Arnica, also known as mountain tobacco "mountain daisy", is a genus belonging to some 30 species of perennial, herbaceous plants of the Asteraceae family. The word arnica means "lambskin" and alludes to the soft texture of its hairy leaves.
This plant belongs to the traditional European pharmacopoeia since ancient times and is recognized as an antiequimotic agent, that is to say it is capable of dissolving the bruises of the skin. This property, together with the other qualities of the plant, means that its annual demand (only in Europe) is estimated at 50 tons of dried flower heads.
What is the usefulness of arnica ointment?
The arnica ointment (which is also available in the form of cream, gel, oil or dye) is used to treat bruises, sprains, muscle pain, swelling and in general, any problem related to bones, tendons or muscles. For example, rheumatoid arthritis or stretch marks of pregnancy.
This is due to the numerous properties of arnica, such as its analgesic capacity, anti-inflammatory (thanks to the presence of helenaline among its active components), antimicrobial (that relieve skin irritation) and rubefacient, that is to say, they stimulate the circulation of the blood , which reduces and prevents the formation of bruises and bruises.
Other uses and benefits of arnica
Arnica ointment is also used to treat pain after surgery, blisters that have not burst, muscle tears, distensions, sprains and dislocations, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcers not open, eczema on the skin, acne or stretch marks.
In homeopathy are used, in addition, dyes and preparations that can be ingested without risks, not so the plant in its natural state or as an infusion, which can be dangerous. In the form of dye, its antibiotic properties are used to treat oral problems or to treat pharyngitis, angina, epilepsy, dizziness or increase circulation in the coronary veins after angina pectoris.