Plants and herbs have been used for thousands of years to heal wounds and all kinds of different skin complications. Arnica is one of these plants that you can find floating around in the natural ingredients list of many lotions and there’s good reason for it. For most of us, arnica lotion sits in our cupboard and only gets used when we find ourselves with a big bruise – but there is so much more to this helpful plant than many people realise.
What Is Arnica and What Does It Do?
Arnica, also known as Arnica montana, is a perennial herb that mainly grows in central Europe, Siberia and colder regions of North America. It’s a herb that grows yellow-orange flowers and is used in topical creams, lotions and gels as well as homeopathic medicines.
Arnica has a long history and has become a very powerful plant used for treating symptoms of bruising, inflammation, muscle soreness (myalgia), joint aches (arthralgia), insect bites, acne, eczema and psoriasis with its pain relieving1 and antimicrobial properties.
Arnica has become a very powerful plant used for treating various symptoms:
- Pain relief1
- Muscle soreness (myalgia)2
- Joint aches (arthralgia)2
- Insect bites
As with many natural ingredients, more research needs to be done when it comes to arnica’s full capabilities but it contains an ingredient called helenalin which gives it its anti-inflammatory properties. While arnica on its own can be toxic when ingested in large amounts, it is only ever used in very diluted quantities in skincare products and homeopathic medicines which avoids any dangers but still makes it a powerful ingredient.2
Using arnica lotion can help to treat the various symptoms mentioned but because of its anti-inflammatory effects, it has also been found to be useful for other skin-related conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. The reason is because all of these skin conditions are a type of skin inflammation and with the use of arnica, your skin can be soothed and the inflammation reduced.
Even more, arnica has also been found to have antimicrobial properties which can help to get rid of unwanted bacteria on the skin.4
It is for all these reasons that Skin MD Natural includes arnica as one of its natural botanical ingredients in their shielding lotion. Their extensive clinical research has shown that their lotion containing arnica is a safe yet effective treatment for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. It also helps to soothe, moisturize and hydrate your skin, keeping it plump and vibrant.
Is Arnica Right for Your Skin?
When considering trying new skincare products, it’s always best to test new ingredients first to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction. You may not often need arnica lotion on its own but using a face and body lotion like Skin MD Natural, which includes the healing benefits of arnica along with many other skin-loving ingredients, can be a very useful product indeed. Try it out and see the benefits for yourself.
Written by Martina Joller
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3 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jphp.127244 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28401567/
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