Arnica to the Rescue
Whether you’re a highly trained athlete, a yogi or gardener, you’re bound to strain a muscle now and then. Arnica (arnica montana) is a perennial herb used in preparation of a homeopathic remedy to help you heal faster from the bumps and bruises of daily life. Traditionally used by the mountain people of Siberia and Europe, this plant is a much-beloved member of nature’s pharmacy—also useful for parents of active children!
Arnica flowers and roots are also used topically, alone or in combination with other herbs, in gels and creams. In addition to healing muscle soreness and bruising, arnica has been used to treat arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, eczema, fibromyalgia and certain headaches. Several studies have shown the effectiveness of arnica on osteoarthritis of the knee and the ability of arnica to reduce post-surgery swelling and pain. Keep arnica on hand as a sure-fire treatment for soothing and healing whatever makes you sore.
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