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Definition: Arnica

Mr. Bella is fast becoming a huge fan of the rock climbing gym. As a result, he's become a huge fan of arnica oil. The extract from arnica, a daisy-like plant, helps reduce inflammation and pain from sprains, muscle aches, sore joints, and insect bites. Arnica also helps alleviate bruising by stimulating blood circulation. You could say it's a major multitasker.

Typically found in ointments, gels, or creams, arnica is sometimes an ingredient in beauty products, too. It gives products like Laura Mercier Deep Cleansing Clay Mask ($32) or The Eraser Concealer ($18), and DuWop Igels Variety Pack ($25) their anti-inflammatory benefits.

Acne? Arnica helps with that, too. Found in Acne by Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion ($33), arnica works to reduce redness and heal, with its natural antibacterial properties. But beware. This plant can be poisonous if ingested — not like you were going to have a taste or anything.

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Fitness Fitness 8 years
I am not sure about many elements of homeopathy, but arnica works for me. I use it on muscles strains and it really seems to help them repair quickly.
nillawafer1983 nillawafer1983 8 years
Arnica works great for bruising, however apparently it's not too good when it comes to blood-clotting. Had my nose fixed and the bruises went away really quickly but I got nosebleeds a week after (a week after I started with the arnica). My doctor told me to stop taking it after that!
rgrl rgrl 8 years
I use a gel made by Boiron and I love it! I fell down some stairs and after using this I had no bruises. I also think it helped with the pain. I also always buy the Weleda Arnica Massage oil and beg my hubby for massages. :)
patrigon patrigon 8 years
I took arnica before liposuction and I only got 1 bruise about the size of a quarter. I bruise incredibly easily and I'd seen pictures of people after lipo that were completely black. I'm sold on arnica!!
latent latent 8 years
Ha. Climbing will beat you up!
mzjudith mzjudith 8 years
GREAT information!! I might actually try it for my serious acne problems.
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 8 years
OMG!!! My family has been using this for YEARS! It works so well, but especially for kids! They're constantly bumping into something and this will seriously prevent bruising if applied right a way. And if not, then it will shorten the life of your bruise!!! It's funny every time someone gets hurt everyone says "GET THE ARNICA"!!! It works wonders. When my daughter was younger I carried a tube in my purse. And most of the ones I have bought weren't that expensive eithers, they usually carry it a Pharmacy or at Henry's (WestCoast), or Trader Joe's.
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