Arnica – Super Flower for Healing Bruises and Trauma!

by You Be Healthy

As you know, my  knee surgery healing process is going incredibly well!   I did a pre-hab which helped speed up my recovery process.  Part of my pre-hab was taking homeopathic Arnica Montana.  It speeds up the recovery period and minimizes swelling after surgery.

I always have a supply of Arnica on hand as it comes in handy after mountain bike crashes (I tend to have a few of these during the year!), dirt biking ‘dings’, or last year, a kite surfing crash on the beach (ouch!).  The rule of thumb is to take Arnica as soon as possible.  So I carry it in my sports equipment and take immediately after the crash.

Arnica Montana is a plant in the daisy family. It grows in high mountain meadows where it takes in huge amounts of sunlight.   It is prepared from the whole fresh plant when it is in bloom.


I carry arnica with me during sporting adventures. It comes in VERY handy!

In Homeopathic Medicine, Arnica is prescribed in any case where the individual has suffered a trauma, such as a fall off a bike where bruising occurs.  The remedy works most effective when ingested orally, but you can also apply directly to the bruising using an ointment.  Your local health food store can help you in deciding your personal dosage or you can consult a homeopathic professional.

Disorders which Arnica is a remedy for: (taken from “Prescription for Natural Cures’ by James F. Balch, MD and Mark Stengler, N.D)

  • After stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis
  • Backache
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flu
  • Gastritis
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Injuries (bruises, burns, stings, and sprains)
  • Migraines
  • Pneumonia

You can buy Arnica at a health food store or you can buy Arnica online here.

Remember, it is a good idea to consult a homeopathic professional to seek treatment of long-term and chronic health issues.


Sidenote – another tip to reduce swelling: The word “RICE” can help to remind you of other valuable tips to reduce bruising: REST, ICE, COMPRESS, ELEVATE.

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