Arnica Tea Benefits have long been known as imparting anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.
Arnica is a graceful woodland plant in the same family as the sunflower. It is commonly found in Central Europe and in the western United States.
It has huge yellow and orange flowers that are about 7 centimeters wide and shoot up from a rosette that has leathery and basal leaves. The flowers are collected and dried for medicinal use. The seed-like fruit has a pappus of plumose, white or pale tan bristles. The entire Arnica plant emit a strong and distinct pine-sage odor when the leaves of mature plants are rubbed or bruised.
The active constituents of arnica flowers are sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids (like isoquercitrin, luteolin-7-glucoside, and astragalin), volatile oil (with thymol and its derivatives), phenol carbonic acid and coumarins. To make arnica tea, infuse 1 teaspoon of dried (or powdered) flower into ½ cup of hot water. Allow the mix to steep for 10 minutes.
Due to the toxicity of the plant brought about by the compound helenalin, arnica tea should not be ingested or drunk and is strictly for external use only. Arnica is not recommended to be used by pregnant and nursing women.
The following are some of the health properties attributed to arnica tea:
- When applied topically, helps heal sprains and bruises.
- When applied topically, helps alleviate muscle pains.
- When applied topically, helps heal contusions.
- Its tea and tincture can be used in foot baths to soothe sore feet.
- Its tea, when used with the help of a qualified medical practitioner, may help increase the rate of healing after an operation.
- May help treat leg ulcers in diabetics.