The article deals with the healing qualities of mountain arnica and useful guidelines on how to use the herb when dealing with various health problems.
- Arnica root and blossoms are used to make tincture and extract, which are included in various compound remedies intended for external use to deal with burn, skin inflammation, inflamed veins, slowly healing wound, bruise and joint pain.
- An infusion, decoction and tincture made of arnica blossoms are used internally to treat gastrointestinal diseases, ulcer, bloody diarrhea, stomach ache caused by carrying and lifting heavy objects, cardiology disease, female disease, bone damage and cold in folk medicine of various nations. Arnica is used in case of nervous disease, stroke, paralysis caused by contusion, inflamed veins, concussion of the brain, arteriosclerosis, tiredness, enlarged veins, stenocardia, myocardial weakness and grippe. The decoction should be made by infusing 10 grams of blossoms with a glass of boiling water. Take a tablespoon of the decoction 2-3 times a day after meal. The tincture, in its turn, is made by infusing the herb with ethanol at 70 percent concentration (proportion 1:10). Take 30-40 drops of it twice a day before meal by washing it down with half a glass of water.
- In terms of external use, you can use the herb in case of dislocation, wound, bruise, cold sore (it has to be undamaged), hair loss, skin diseases, furunculosis, rheumatism, low back pain, gout, toothache, injury caused by hit, bone fracture and neuritis. The herb is proven to stop bleeding from the nose and uterus. Arnica together with oak bark can be used for compresses to treat dislocation, wound, bruise and hematoma. When using the herb externally, you should use the decoction or watered tincture. When making a gargle, mix a teaspoon of the tincture with a cup of water or make the decoction by infusing 2 grams of blossoms with a cup of boiling water (it is a daily dose).
- Concentrated tincture or large quantities of the tumor suppress the activity of your central nervous system, but small quantities – tone it up. Therefore, you should strictly observe the indicated dose and the guidelines given by your doctor. When using concentrated arnica remedies internally for a long time, you can actually poison yourself.
Mountain arnica is a herb native to the mountains of middle Europe. The plant can be found in places with increased humidity of air. It loves hornbeam and coniferous forest glade, thin brushwood and mountain meadow at 500-2800 meters above sea level.