You may have seen arnica in the list of ingredients on some of your favorite skincare and body products-we’ve featured quite a few products that contain it here on DailyBeauty. This homeopathic remedy, which can be used topically or orally, has been used for centuries to treat swelling, soreness and bruising.
Derived from the dried roots of the arnica plant, which is part of the daisy family and sometimes called leopard’s bane, it is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, stimulate white blood cells to facilitate healing, and help eliminate excess fluid from traumatized areas.
Many surgeons recommend taking three sublingual (under the tongue) tablets three times per day, starting as many as two weeks before surgery and continuing after surgery to help with the healing process. In fact, a study published in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery showed those who took arnica had 24% less bruising after a facelift than those who took a placebo.
Arnica should not be used on broken skin; when taken orally, the recommended dose should not be exceeded. Those with sensitive stomachs should use arnica with caution. Needless to say, it’s imperative to listen to your doctors advice on how-and whether or not-to include arnica in your preparing and healing regimen.
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