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Arnica tea – Benefits and properties

by Dianna Leon

Arnica ( Lychnophora pinaster Mart.) is a plant originating from temperate climate regions, belonging to the Asteraceae family, the same as sunflowers. It is also popularly known as betony, mountain betony, mountain tobacco, fall panacea, among other names. Arnica can be easily confused with sunflower, but its leaves differ in that they have a velvety texture and hair. The best known species of arnica is Arnica Montana, also popularly known as “true arnica”, “mountain arnica”, “mountain tobacco”, among others. This plant is widely used in the home treatment of abrasions, in addition to being useful in the treatment of roundworms, animal bites, in the treatment against flatulence and, when used as a tincture, as a diuretic.

Arnica properties

Arnica is rich in medicinal properties due to the presence of sesquiterpenic lactones, flavonoids and essential oils. This plant has disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, tonic, analgesic, antiseptic, stimulating, healing and antimicrobial properties.

Indications for use

Arnica can be used both outdoors and indoors. In external use, arnica helps in the healing of wounds, sports injuries, torn ligaments, bruises, bruises, blows and fibromyalgia. The plant is commonly used among athletes because it is useful in lightening bruises, to undo edema, to fight ligament tears, trauma and various muscle bruises.

When used internally, it helps to treat cases of worms, flatulence and swelling. The internal use of arnica should only be done by a tincture of arnica or homeopathic remedies with arnica, under the guidance of the homeopathic physician, as it can be toxic. Never use arnica internally without consulting a doctor!

Arnica tea for compression

Arnica tea is used as a compress for bruises, rheumatism, headaches and relieve swelling, in addition to being beneficial for circulation problems. It can also be used to gargle for a sore throat or sore throat.

tea recipe

Put a teaspoon of the herb for every 250 ml of water. Apply warm tea with the help of a tissue over the region to be treated. Use three to four times a day.

Side effects and contraindications

For the internal use of arnica, one must always respect the guidelines of a homeopath, as dizziness, tremors, abdominal pain, increased blood pressure, vomiting, tachycardia or cardiac arrhythmias may occur in case of overdose. The use of arnica is contraindicated for pregnant women and in cases of open wounds (without skin).

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