The Arnica is a herbaceous plant belonging to the family Asteraceae plants comes from a mountainous area of Europe that grows like wild flora, also known as snuff or estornudadera mountain that can reach half a meter in height.

Its delicate showy flowers are characterized by their yellow color, its elongated and hairy leaves can have different shapes and serve for different healing purposes that have been used since the Middle Ages in the branch of medicine, collaborating with the treatments against bumps or bruises. , aches and pains, bruises and infections.

What is arnica for and what are its benefits?

We will take advantage of its benefits in the following cases:

Arnica for bumps and bruises

Thanks to the three acids that make up this plant; caffeic acid, gallic acid and chlorogenic acid, the plant acts deeply in the dermis, preventing malformations and bruises on the skin or affected area.

Arnica for burns

Any type of burns, as long as there are blisters that are not open, the ointment that contains this flower as an active ingredient can be applied immediately to the affected area, which contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial components, you should only do great fiction with massage and thus Recovery will be made faster in the damaged area, as well as in each layer of the skin.

Against stretch marks excellent use arnica creams

Especially in women during pregnancy, like the popularly called orange skin or beach skin, which is constantly abused by the sun, here the cream and the effect of arnica do their best work, serving as a great stimulator and rejuvenator of the skin, restoring lost hydration.

Arnica Ointment for Arthritis

It acts as an ointment giving a deep massage, always remembering that this plant raises the temperature in the affected area, which will promptly mobilize again and recover without pain or inflammation.

Arnica for oral problems

As a mouthwash, it uses its bacterial properties with the simple objective of keeping the mouth healthy from problems of redness in the gums, bleeding, inflammation or breakage, giving a good breath for the oral care it performs.

Elimination of blisters or frostbites

Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory power, it will be possible to relieve pain and also avoid any infection, as long as they are blisters that are not open, arnica cream can act effectively.

Arnica for wrinkles

This plant is an essential part of many of the facial creams created today, since, as an active ingredient, it collaborates with the hydration and freshness of the skin, fighting wrinkles, eliminating acne, and purifying the skin of all external agents. that cause aging and the appearance of wrinkles.

Other uses of Arnica

In addition to this, it can be used externally for the following ailments:

  • In case of vaginal discomfort, it works like washing the genital area.
  • Post-surgery treatments, slightly alleviating all pain and inflammation caused by it.

On the other hand, there are ailments that can only be fought internally, with prior medical prescription, among these we can mention:

  • Dizziness that occurs from air or sea travel, and to control epilepsy.
  • After a patient has suffered angina pectoris, this plant can help increase the flow of blood through the coronary arteries.
  • Experiments are also being carried out to use it in treatments to combat cancer cells that affect the lung and colon.

Medicinal properties of Arnica

This plant owes its fame and popularity to its multiple restorative and healing properties, among which we can mention:

High rubefacient power

This means that it is capable of stimulating blood circulation in the area where it is applied, and that increase in blood causes the disappearance of bruises and bruises, and can even reduce the possibility of their formation.

Powerful anti-inflammatory

Thanks to its component called helenalin, it helps reduce temporary swelling and reduce inflammation of injuries caused by falls, strains or muscle tears.

Antimicrobial properties

Effective in combating skin irritations.

Analgesic functions

Reducing the sensation of pain in sprains, tears and blows. It is equally effective after physical training, especially when there has been some severe muscle pain caused by excess and lack of supervision.

Antibiotic properties

Through rinses and gargles, conditions of the oropharyngeal cavity can be treated, always taking care not to swallow the product.

Traditional uses and presentations of arnica

This can be found in different presentations or it can be prepared in multiple ways to take advantage of all its benefits as traditional home medicine, mainly we will find it in creams, ointment, gel or essential oil preparations, poultices and infusions.

Arnica oil

Found in health food stores, essential oil can contribute, among other things, to reduce inflammation and promote blood flow, reducing bumps, bruises and sprains, among other conditions, since when applied to the area directly, it activates circulation and warms the area. affected achieving its analgesic effect, it is enough to perform gentle massages to notice the improvement in a few minutes.

Arnica drops or globules in homeopathy

Recommended to consume orally, for those open wounds where it cannot be applied directly to the skin, as well as for homeopathic treatment and trauma where internal and deeper injuries occur, such as surgical wounds.

Tincture for preparations

It is what is extracted from the plant for the preparation of ointments and creams that are marketed. It is obtained in a simple way to use it externally, it is used diluted by crushing the plant by mixing it with alcohol, mostly it is made with 5 parts of it with 1 part of 70-degree alcohol. One of the things that can be done, for example, are foot baths that will calm the pain and allow the feet to rest.

Compresses and poultices

By diluting the tincture in warm water, compresses can be made to alleviate different types of ailments, doing it constantly for a few days until complete relief is achieved. You can also use the leaves and flowers to marinate them for a few days, then apply them directly to the area to be treated.

Mountain tobacco

Also known by this name, due to the fact that previously the mountaineers dried their leaves to smoke them, in order to combat respiratory conditions, such as coughs and bronchitis, although this on the contrary used to cause irritation in their mucous membranes if they smoked it very often.

Arnica tea to de-inflame

Although it is uncommon, since it is known more in other presentations, the tea of ​​this plant is still effective, since it is used to reduce inflammation in cases such as toothache, stomach or lung discomfort, as well as colds. heart health and is ideal for travelers avoiding dizziness.

Arnica cream

To take advantage of all the benefits of arnica ointment applied to the affected area, it can relieve and eliminate bruises, bruises, blackheads, stings, chilblains, blisters, tears and bruises, all thanks to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Arnica contraindications

This plant, although its components and its products are natural, may be contraindicated in the following cases:

  • Avoid its use and consumption during pregnancy and lactation period.
  • Although you can consume tea and infusions of the plant, it is advisable to use it only externally, unless the treating doctor indicates otherwise and prescribes a specific internal treatment under the appropriate controls and protocols, since it can be very toxic.
  • It should not be used in people allergic to any ingredient that the plant contains among its properties.

Arnica side effects

Although multiple benefits and properties are obtained from this plant, it is also extremely careful due to its toxicity, which is why it can cause the following adverse reactions, if it is not applied properly or if it is consumed without a prescription:

  • It can cause skin lesions, such as dermatitis or blisters in people with sensitive skin, due to the potential of the plant and its use with little dilution.
  • Arnica poisoning can manifest itself, if it is used on areas that are bleeding or open wounds.
  • Arnica tea should be administered under strict medical indications, since, if consumed in low or high amounts, it can cause: vomiting, nervous alteration, headache or severe headache, diarrhea, general malaise and can cause death in cases of overconsumption.


It is important to note that, although this plant can help heal and is popular for its great benefits, it can also be very dangerous and toxic, if it is not used under the guidance of your specialist or a trusted homeopath who can help in the treatment. For this reason, it is advisable to limit yourself to using it in the most popular presentations on the market such as ointment, cream or ointment, so you will not have great complications or problems in the final results.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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