Topical Uses of Arnica Oil
Arnica or Arnica Montana is a plant, part of the composite plant family. It is usually called wolf’s bane, mountain tobacco and mountain Arnica. Arnica is a perennial wildflower that is native to the mountainous regions of Siberia and Europe. In fact, it most likely earned the names of Mountain Tobacco and Mountain Arnica from the fact that it grew wild throughout areas of Switzerland.
Arnica Oil is stabilized oil soluble, extracted from Arnica Montana flowers in sunflower seed oil. It is source of power for many of the skin healing actives. This extract of Arnica is well known for its ability to treat traumatized, and injured, muscle tissues, and skin. It is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory, and anti-swelling, activity.
Arnica oil when applied topically to the skin as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, it has been said to soothe bruises, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing, superficial phlebitis, joint pain, inflammation from insect bites, and swelling from broken bones. More recent studies suggest it may also be helpful in the treatment of burns.
Arnica oil can be applied topically to treat skin problems. It is used as an ingredient in several lotions meant for the treatment of skin infections, eczema, itchiness and open wounds.
It helps soothe and renew the skin after exposure to stress. The anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties of this herb help in preventing inflammatory skin disorders. They also accelerate the healing process by stimulating the formation of granular tissues. Arnica oil for skin care can effectively heal bruises, sunburns and minor burns.
Topical use of arnica oil based products can help reduce the appearance of pregnancy related stretch marks.
The anti-inflammatory properties of arnica oil make it usable in hair care as well. Arnica oil is often used in conditioners and shampoos. It rejuvenates your scalp and stimulates the hair follicles, helping to strengthen your hair and preventing it from falling prematurely. It also cleanses the excess oil and sebum from the scalp, giving it a natural shine. By removing dirt, debris and oil from the scalp, it also helps combat dandruff and itchiness. This also helps in preventing tangled and rough hair.
Arnica oil is also said to have the healing properties when been used in topical preparations for joint pains, muscle aches and swelling associated with arthritis.
Arnica oil is also effective in reducing the appearance of bruises. Topical application of arnica oil on bruises and black eyes can significantly improve the condition.
Some minor side effects that have been seen from repeated applications of arnica oil can cause skin irritation, which makes it unsuitable for longer term use.