Arnica is a herb that has a long and respected history of treating everything from sore throats to tooth extraction pain. Arnica is useful in all its parts, from the sunflower-like flowers to the leaves and roots.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the beneficial properties in the arnica plant are most commonly extracted by freeze-drying and then crushing the flowers, plants and/or roots and then adding them to the preparation being made.
According to WebMD, arnica is offered in a variety of formats, including a tea, a balm, a tincture, an oil, various preparations for hair and skin, oral pills, an injectable and other forms.
Arnica hails from the sunflower family and has been nicknamed “mountain daisy” by some. apply arnica to ease the discomfort that can arise from skin rashes, irritation and infections.
Several studies have linked the use of arnica to effective relief of arthritis symptoms. Patients have found arnica to be as effective as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in relieving discomfort associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis.