Certainly its splendid bright yellow flowers, its good perfume and its characteristic "disheveled" petals attracted your attention if you happened to see them. We are talking about the arnica plant, a perennial medicinal herb belonging to the Asteraceae (Composite) family, whose erect and quite robust stem is between twenty and sixty centimeters in height. This shrub is particularly widespread in Europe, totally absent in the British Isles. It prefers poor soils and mountain areas. Flowers and leaves can be collected in summer, while for the rhizome it is necessary to wait for the period from September to October. From its leaves, a gel is obtained, known for its beneficial properties for the organism. The origin of this use comes mostly from the Teutonic area. But let's analyze its characteristics better.
Features and properties
Arnica generally has healing powers for muscle pain and trauma, sprains, bruises, tears, shocks and flu disorders.
Arnica gel is obtained from an infusion of the leaves, generally treated together with rosemary or calendula, and is used as a medical aid to relieve the pain caused by trauma and bruises. It is a self-medication medicine for external use, applicable on the painful area but never directly on any wounds. It is also used to treat rheumatic pain and alopecia. It can help you against annoying strains and dislocations.
Starting from the very first applications, it significantly reduces swelling, when present.
Arnica gel is also a guardian of balance and muscle tone. This is why it can be of help to athletes during periods of particular exercise, both as a fatigue and as a natural enhancement of their muscular energies thanks also to its recovery action.
Several researches have been carried out on the healing properties of this plant. In particular, in a clinic some patients operated on the hand because they have carpal tunnel syndrome have found significant improvements after only eight days of using the product.