Friday, February 25, 2011
Something Every Parent Should Have - Arnica
If you haven't heard of Arnica yet or don't use it I would highly recommend it! It's amazing! Arnica is a common Homeopathic remedy that is really neat. My family has used it for years and we've really been thankful for it at times. It's just a matter of time that someone will get that big bump on their forehead or smash their fingers in a door. My family and I were first introduced to Arnica when one of my younger sisters accidentally walked in front of a swinging child and got kicked in the eye. She had already done it one other time before so we knew what would happen ~ she'd have a black eye for a couple weeks. But it didn't happen this time, our host ran up and asked to put this gel around her eye (not in it : )) and she NEVER got a bruise or anything. We've been using Arnica ever since. We keep it in our diaper bags, vehicles, & multiple places around the house.
There's this really neat website here that talks about so much more about Arnica then I can write here in this post. It talks about the different uses and how it first came about. Here's a little bit:
"The active components are sesquiterpene lactones, which are known to reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Other active ingredients are the essential oil thymol, flavonoids, inulin, carotenoids and tannins.
Arnica works by stimulating the activity of white blood cells that take care of much of the digestion of congested blood, and by limiting trapped fluids from bumped and bruised tissue, joints and muscles.
It is known to stimulate blood circulation and can raise blood pressure, especially in the coronary arteries. The plant is used externally for arthritis, burns, ulcers, eczema and acne. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that can reduce pain and swelling, improving wound healing."
We've found Arnica works great on helping and preventing bruises, Relieving pain from bruises, headaches, lessening redness from bumps and so many other things. My mom often uses it after childbirth and it seems to help.
We always have tried our best to not put Arnica on any open cuts or abrasions as there are many warnings about taking Arnica internally. If not done correctly it can be extremely toxic. Arnica should only be taken internally by a Homeopathic remedy & it works great that way too. Especially for sore muscles. We usually stay stalked up on both Arnica gel and Arnica tablets.
There's this website too that has lots of beneficial information on Arnica.
I'd recommend you read up on it and be prepared for those falls next time around. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you find out and how you might use Arnica!
I hope you week's been a blessing and you will have a restful weekend!