Ah arnica. All parents (especially parents of young boys) need some arnica cream in their cupboard. I haven’t recently just turned into a compete weirdo that loves plants, crystals and herbs, I was lucky enough to be born into a slightly alternative family. Don’t get me wrong, I did get my fair share of vaccines, antibiotics and turkey dinosaurs but I also got a homeopathic doctor occasionally and a vegetarian mum and a dad that could do reflexology. All of these things have obviously had an impact on me and how I parent my own children and because of that I fully indulge in natural/attachment parenting and part of that is how I treat medical problems. Without trying to sound like a terrible mother, you have got to be nearly dead in this house before I am calling real a doctor as I believe most things can usually be solved easily and NATURALLY at home. I do have 4 very healthy and happy children, so I must be doing something right (hopefully).

Arnica and it’s MANY uses:

Arnica is one of the better known homeopathic remedies and its made with extractions from the Arnica Montana flower, a wonderful alpine plant from the compositae family (a relative of the daisy). It’s important to note that not all arnica is Homeopathic. Homeopathic remedies are made using very mild dilutions of plant extracts, so even though a lot of them are made from potentially deadly plants, they are completely safe to use in their homeopathic form and are marvellous to use for all sorts of ailments and Arnica is truly a wonderful remedy for many things. I remember falling over or knocking into something as a child and the arnica would come straight out and if it came out quickly enough I almost never got a bruise. There is a bit of science to this and it does have to applied quickly as if done straight away it stops your shocked capillaries from bleeding out and will stop the bruise from forming so badly, in some cases it can stop it forming completely. 

In this house we couldn’t live without Arnica. My children, especially the boys are always attempting batman stunts by flying off of our furniture and having Arnica cream to hand helps me to avoid them looking like an advert for abused children. As it’s so good at stopping bruises from forming it’s a great healing and preventative cream to apply immediately after a trauma or a fall even for grown ups, I personally am always waking into things or falling over my children as they insist on creeping up behind me and staying completely still and quiet until it’s too late and bam! we are all on the floor (eye roll). As Arnica is good for any ‘inflammation’ related problems I use it in an essential oil teething cheek rub blend I make for my youngest who is currently cutting his back molars. As it is an anti inflammatory plant it works wonders on pain and conditions such as arthritis and so I also use it blended into my special ‘herbal’ cream that I make for my mums arthritic hand and my cousins psoriasis (never apply it to broken or bleeding skin). If I ever work out (barely ever which is why it hurts when I do!) and find my muscles are aching I jump straight into a bath with a good few drops of Arnica and Lavender essential oil thrown in. That will help to relax my muscles and ease any pain. Even though homeopathic Arnica 200c can only be purchased over the counter as a ‘horse medication’, I personally have used it after giving birth to my last 2 children and found my healing time to be very short compared to my previous 2 births when I didn’t use it. Arnica really is a ‘must-have’ item in our house and we would be at a loss without it. 

How it works:

That’s all a bit technical for me and I honestly have no real clue. I do have a homeopathy bible/book but it’s packed far away as we are moving soon and everything is currently in boxes. What I do know is Homeopathic arnica and herbal Arnica are 2 different things. Homeopathy works on the emotional/internal problem not just the external it’s showing as and the dilutions of the plant extracts are so SO low that homeopathy is a very debatable and controversial topic. However I use both homoeopathically and non-homoeopathically and have seen both work in the ways I have written above and stand by the fact that it does work for many things. From my own personal experience I have found the herbal cream I make with my own non homeopathic arnica added is far better at stopping bruising than any over the counter homeopathic creams and ointments. I also think a bath with the essential oil added is far more effective than taking an arnica 6c tablet for pain and trauma. Arnica really can work miracles and it is definitely something to consider having to hand especially if you have young children. Remember we are all different and what works for me may not necessarily work for you, but its all about finding out what is good for us and arnica is certainly something helpful and so it would be rude of me not to share my experiences. If you cannot make your own creams you can use Nelsons Homeopathic Indicated Arnica 30c – 84 Pillules or Nelsons Arnicare Arnica Cream 50g

You can read more about the wonders of Arnica on the equally wonderful Dr. Axe’s website.

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