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Arnica: The Homeopathic First Aid

A few years ago, I attempted a really foolish thing.  While trying to coax my cat from the top of our roof; standing on a rickety wooden ladder; barefooted; saucer of milk in my right hand and reaching for the cat with my left … I took a serious fall.  I had the cat in one hand and not wanting to crush my kitty,  managed to twist my body so that I would not land on her or hit my head on the saltillo tile in our atrium.  In doing this magnificent feat I landed hard on my right side, twisting my right leg, ankle and foot.  I could feel nothing for the first couple of hours and then the pain came!!!!  I couldn’t tell if I had broken anything or not.

Surprisingly I broke nothing, but I was told I would be on crutches for weeks and be badly bruised and swollen.  After returning home from the hospital, I had remembered that my Grandmother had a “magic” cream for twisted limbs and bruises, Arnica.

Ask any homeopath what to do for traumatic injuries – sprains, muscle strains, bruises, fractures, surgical incision and you are likely to hear Arnica ointments extolled.  The active chemicals in this plant reduce swelling, decrease pain, and act as antibiotics.  It’s believed that the plant contains derivatives of thymol, which seem to have anti-inflammatory effect. An article from the New York Times: “The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Arnica for Pain Relief” by Anahad O’Conner states,

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    I use arnica all the time, but never took time to learn about it's history, or even see how beautiful it is when it grows. Thank
  • Paola Suarez
    Paola Suarez says #
    Thank you Tammye for the reminder to keep Arnica in the house! I will put it on my list. Do you have a particular brand you would
  • Tammye McDuff
    Tammye McDuff says #
    Good Morning Paola! I purchase Bioron Arnicare from my local Natureway Food Store. But any natural food store will carry it. You

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