If you take a look at the picture below, you will likely think you are looking at a common daisy. But this little flower is actually called Arnica, a perennial flowering plant that is believed to help with various issues including muscle soreness associated with exercise and activity.
Many people reap the potential benefits of this small but powerful flower through topical creams. So let’s dive into how this flower can help you recover faster from your daily activities - and how to choose the right type of arnica cream.
FIRST - WHAT EXACTLY IS ARNICA?
Arnica is short for Arnica montana, a perennial plant from the mountainous areas of Europe and North America that produces daisy-like flowers. For several centuries, arnica flowers have been used for various medicinal purposes including treating bruises, sprains, muscle soreness, and other injuries associated with exercise or activity. While further studies are needed, it is believed that the arnica plant has anti-inflammatory properties, which also makes it a potential treatment for swelling from injuries or insect bites.
WHAT IS ARNICA CREAM?
While pure arnica can be dangerous when ingested, it can be taken orally through extremely diluted homeopathic doses. That’s why topical creams with carefully selected dosages are a great way to use arnica. These creams typically combine arnica with other potentially beneficial ingredients to help promote pain relief and reduce bruising and/or inflammation.
HOW TO USE ARNICA CREAM
The great thing about topical arnica creams is that they are simple to use! While you should always check your product packaging to ensure proper administration, most products are applied by just rubbing into the affected area 1-2 times per day.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYPE OF ARNICA CREAM
If you are considering adding Arnica cream to your daily recovery routine, first look for brands that use only high-quality plant-based ingredients that will help with muscle soreness without irritating or drying out your skin. Maddyn’s topical cream, for example, is made with natural ingredients including broad spectrum hemp extract oil and natural menthol oil which, when combined with Arnica, create pain-relieving potential for sore muscles. We also use moisturizing cocoa butter to keep your skin soft and supple, as well as the relaxing scents of eucalyptus and lavender for a cream that smells as great as it feels. The end result is a plant-based recovery product that you can trust, backed by Maddyn’s Farm to Life standard and 3rd party lab tests.
Because we believe in product quality and safety, our topical cream is free from the following: Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Formaldehyde, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffin, Diethanolamine (DEA), Polyethylene.
Now that you know a little bit more about Arnica and its potential benefits, it’s a great time to try our Renew & Recharge topical cream made with broad spectrum hemp extract oil and Arnica.