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Benefits of Arnica Montana - Where to Buy Arnica Essential Oil

Updated on January 2, 2012

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Arnica Montana is a natural herb with beneficial powers and healing properties. This herb is commonly called as leopard's bane, mountain tobacco, and wolf bane. Interestingly, the genus Arnica is made up of about 30 different species of herbs but the most popular species for its healing over the centuries has been Arnica Montana.

Arnica oil is extensively used in natural and alternative medicine due to its healing benefits including treatment of bruises, bumps, cramps, dislocations, strains, prevention of hematoma, rheumatism, arthritis, insect bites, varicose veins, and hair loss.

Arnica Montana was discovered as an herbal plant in the 16th century and due to its medicinal properties, it became extensively popular among agricultural workers as a natural remedy for bruises, strains, sprains, and muscle aches. According to historical evidence, Arnica Montana has originated from Central Europe and can be found abundantly in more or less humid climates, in coniferous forests, and meadows.

Arnica Montana can be easily found at altitudes ranging from 500 to 2800 m and therefore was very popular among mountain climbers who used to chew Arnica Montana for relieving muscle pains.

Arnica Montana - yellow healing flowers with medicinal benefits
Arnica Montana - yellow healing flowers with medicinal benefits | Source

According to the legend, ancient mountain climbers also used to call it as a “mountain tobacco”, as they used to smoke dried leaves of Arnica Montana for treatment of respiratory problems, such as common cough and bronchitis, overdose of which sometimes caused them irritation of mucous membranes. Besides its healing benefits, this herb has also been considered as a toxic herb so it should not be ingested without a prescription as overdose can cause side effects.

Extraction of Arnica Montana:Though the whole plant of Arnica Montana has pharmaceutical value, but on a usual basis, flowers and roots are collected for extraction. Flowers and roots are cleaned and dried quickly. The flowers heads contain arnicine, sterols, isoquercetin, and saponins. The rhizome is rich in essential oil, tannins, and resins.

Arnica oil is a natural medicine to prevent infection and decrease pain. Arnica oil causes an increase in blood circulation to the area in which it is applied. If anyone suffers a recent traumatic incident causing bruises, sprains, strains, or muscle aches, then applying Arnica oil immediately on the injured area helps relieve these problems. Arnica oil also treats rheumatic pain and some types of skin inflammations. Arnica is also effective for the treatment of arthritis, burns, ulcers, eczema, and acne. Arnica Montana oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain and swelling after a recent stroke.

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    • readabook profile image

      readabook 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Glad you wrote about arnica montana. I am always recommending it but no one has ever heard of it. I learned about it from my yoga teacher.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I have also put up a blog for homemade herbal recipes http://homemade-herbs-and-recipes.blogspot.com where you can find natural home remedies and health drinks to treat various problems including, skin, hair, joint pain relief, etc. Nature has cure of most of the problems. We just have to find out the right way to treat our problems.

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      fucsia 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for this interesting page. I like read of these natural remedies. Nature is wonderful!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing this info in a well-written hub.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much soneblom for sharing your personal experience with arnica oil. I am really glad to know that it helped you in a positive manner. Best of luck.

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      soneblom 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Very good hub.... I had back surgery in 2006 used Arnica oil to ease the pain and it worked like a bom. keep up the good work:-)

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hello Lady_E, KatieM2, and agusfanani for going through the benefits of Arnica Montana and its oil.

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      agusfanani 

      7 years ago from Indonesia

      I didn't know this flower can be used as herbal medicine. Thank you for the info.

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      katiem2 

      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      There has never been a more vital time to put Arnica Oil to good use as this harsh dry bitter winter. Arnica Oil is awesome and thank you for helping us know where to find the best deals on Arnica Oil! :) Katie

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      Elena 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful, Soni.

      First time I've read about Arnica Oil. thanks

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Sweetie1 for your praise.

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      sweetie1 

      7 years ago from India

      Hi soni 2006,

      Very informative hub written in very easy understandable english. Though this plant has many uses like you mentioned but it also produces a toxin which if eaten in large quantities can be toxic.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi SweetiePie, thank you so much for your review of this hub on arnica montana and its oil.

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      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very concise overview about arnica oil, which I had never heard of.

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