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by Sara Kalet-Schwartz
March 31, 2020
Have you ever heard of Arnica? Do you know the origin, or perhaps the benefits it provides for one’s skin? Arnica oil comes from the arnica plant that is native to Europe, however it is also found in select places throughout North America. The arnica plant belongs to the well known daisy family. Most commonly used for extracting arnica oil is the arnica montana species. This herb is mostly used topically, because of the side effects when ingested in large doses, however there are oral remedies consumed in a smaller dosage.
Arnica soothes inflammation, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also stimulate the formation of the granular tissue, which accelerates the healing process. Consequently, it can be used on sunburns, bruises and minor burns. The topical use for arnica oil has shown to reduce inflammation because of the monounsaturated fats and thymohydroquinone found in this oil. It can help those with eczema and acne, or acne scarring (not recommended on broken skin), and an increase in circulation can reduce dark circles and swelling around the eyes. Thymohydroquinone contains antioxidants that will also help with wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes. As you can see the list of benefits, when used in moderate amounts, are continuous.
Athletes or injury prone people benefit greatly from this oil. Arnica oil is a great way to assist in reducing the pain. This is because of the thymol derivatives, which according to Integrative Dentistry, “ is an active vasodilator of blood capillaries and helps facilitate the transport of blood, helping the healing process.” It can stimulate white blood cells and get rid of trapped fluid in the joints, bruised tissue and muscles. According to Dr. Mercola, a study in 2007 showed positive effects from arnica on muscle soreness after a marathon. Many professional athletes use it after a game to soothe their pain. Whether one plays football or practices yoga, arnica oil is a useful way to ease soreness and reduce the amount of time between exercises due to pain. Concluding that arnica’s numerous qualities assist, not just your body's exterior surface, but your internal concerns.
For people who have black circles or puffiness around their eyes, we recommend our Cucumber Arnica Eye Serum or Shiitake Seaweed Eye Gel. Our Sensitive Skin Mask contains highly anti-inflammatory ingredients including arnica, to help soothe redness or irritation and our Arnica Detox Salt Soak is the perfect product anyone looking to reduce swelling after a tough practice or fulfilling run.
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