Surely, the first thing that comes to mind is that this plant looks like a miniature sunflower… as if it were mixed with a daisy! but no! It’s from another family… and very useful too.
Do you dare to meet her? Keep reading 👇
What is Arnica?
Arnica is a plant that makes you sneeze.
That’s what the Greeks called it when they first encountered it in the mountains. They named it “pragmique” from the noun “pragmos” which means sneeze. Probably because of its ability to make you sneeze… but don’t worry, it’s not because of allergies, but because of its pollen.
These Greeks who met it for the first time, cut the flower and took it away. This is how the first medical prescription with Arnica arose. The Greeks decided to mix it with olive oil and it ended up becoming one of the most popular remedies against blows with bruises (bruises) or sprains.
Since then, this mountain flower has been spreading and it has been proven that it has anti-inflammatory effects thanks to some chemical components produced by the flower: “helenalin”, which is a lactone (an organic compound) that reduces inflammation in the body.
The most special properties of the mountain flower
Arnica is an ingredient that you have found in many creams, ointments and even gels.
Thanks to technological advances in laboratories, the Arnica extract can be produced, which is what contains helenalin, which we remember is the anti-inflammatory component of the plant.
In gel format, for example, it is for topical use (that is, to apply to the skin) and this refresh the area that has had an impact, a sprain, or more internally, help the muscle that has been forced, (for example intense calf training) in order to avoid inflammation and pain.
This anti-inflammatory plant is also often combined with others, such as in our Phytodoxia laboratory, with Harpagofito, Calendula and Hypericum.
All the plants that have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties can be combined with each other (a specialized laboratory is required, however) to make a plant-based (and therefore vegan) formulation that is 100% functional and effective.
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