By late April, heart-shaped leaf spears begin emerging from the ground near my home. They are small at first, but persistent, sometimes covering entire areas as far as the eye can see. Each day the leaves are noticeably larger and by early May, the entire forest floor is radiating with their golden blooms.
Arnica was one of the first plants to show me how amazingly effective plant medicine can be. It helped me move from thinking that herbalism was antiquated to realizing how useful and powerful it can be. The very first herb class I took was about making salves and lip balms. I was immediately obsessed! I started making my own batches at home and gave them to friends and family. I made A LOT … it was so much fun! Early on, I gave Arnica salve to a friend who danced professionally. Not long after she called to tell me that the salve magically erased her daily bruises. She was also giving it to the other dancers and was already out. Could I send more?
In addition to being used for acute injuries, Arnica has can also relieve chronic pain and inflammation, like the pain and swelling of arthritic joints. One study, published in Rheumatology International in April, 2007, compared the use of Arnica gel to ibuprofen gel in 204 patients diagnosed with osteoarthritis in their hands. The study showed that the Arnica gel was just as effective as ibuprofen at relieving pain intensity, reducing the severity of morning stiffness, and increasing hand function capacity.
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