Arnica is a herb that comes from the Arnica Montana flower which is grown in North America, Siberia and central Europe and has been used as a herbal remedy for medicinal purposes since the 1500s.
Minor mishaps like bumps and bruises are part of everyday life and are often unavoidable and inevitable but there are some things we can do to make them more bearable.
Arnica is best known traditionally as a natural healer, as it has properties which can help to reduce muscular and rheumatic pain, swelling and provide relief for bruises, based on traditional use only.
What does the “C” mean in the names of arnica products?
The “C” denoted in the name of some arnica products is a centesimal, representing the number of serial dilutions which have been performed on the original substance.
A serial dilution means that the results of one dilution are used for the next dilution.
This means that one drop of arnica diluted in 99 drops of a solvent such as alcohol would be 1C dilution and then one drop of this diluted in 99 drops of a solvent would be 2C.
Homeopaths believe that it is this dilution that assures the therapeutic effect of the key ingredient.
How do I use arnica?
Arnica comes in different forms, including a gel which is applied directly to the skin or as tablets which can be taken orally.
The one you use will depend on what sort of relief you are looking for and which one you prefer.
Here are some of the most popular forms of arnica: