Ever since massage school I have been really drawn to arnica. It is probably because there are tons of products that massage therapists use that contain arnica, and with good reason! Arnica’s anti-inflammatory properties are an immediate draw to those in my line of work. It not only is great for the client, it makes our job easier!
I began my herbal studies a few months after having my son. One of the first products I made was arnica oil. That oil helped me get through painful bouts of sciatica, as well as helped my ex-husband’s achy back (he lifts heavy boxes and musical equipment for a living). I still use it today on my family and clients. Using those arnica products has helped me become less dependent upon over-the-counter medicine to help with minor to moderate aches and pains.
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Arnica is a plant that has been used for hundreds of years to treat muscle pains. It is indigenous to Europe but there are species that grow in the US as well. It is recommended for external use only.
Arnica is indicated for a wide array of muscle/joint conditions such as:
- Sore and over-worked muscles
- Stomach cramps
- Sore feet
Arnica is contraindicated for:
- Women who are pregnant (it can cause uterine contractions)
- People allergic to ragweed (they may have an allergic reaction to arnica as well)
Arnica is also not to be overused as it may cause or worsen eczema or other dermatitis. Be sure to use the recommended dosage on the product you are purchasing.
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