Arnica tea is called the healing tea and it could help you if you have sore muscles, bruises or any kind of painful injury. But very importantly, this tea is NOT drunk or consumed, it is used externally on the body.
Arnica tea is also known as leopard’s bane, thunderwort, wolf’s bane, mountain snuff, smoke herb, and mountain tobacco. It comes from Siberia and Central Europe and grows in meadows at a high altitude. It may also grow in Canada and the United States.
It belongs to a genus called the Astracacea family (which also includes sunflowers.) The species most often used for homeopathic issues is called Arnica montana. Since it is an herbal tea there is no caffeine in it.
By between June and August, the arnica plant grows up to nine flowers and these release a sent like pine when you crush the leaves. It was discovered in the 16th century by Europeans and used for treating fevers, digestive orders and skin problems.
However, nowadays it’s known that taking it internally is toxic and should be avoided so the plant is dried and made into gels or ointments for use externally. Some of its benefits include it reduces inflammation, gets rid of pain, and kills germs that cause infections. It also has antibacterial characteristics.
Arnica roots are full of thymol derivatives, which are anti-inflammatory and act like vasodilators. This makes it possible for it to get rid of excess fluids and ease blood circulation. It is also known to stimulate the growth of hair if rubbed into the scalp as a rinse, and to treat acne, as well as getting rid of itching such as caused by poison ivy or eczema, and to lessen sc.
This is because of several ingredients in it: sesquiterpene and dihydrohelenalin,along with flavonoids, inulin, polysaccharides, resin, tannins and mucilage.
Arnica Tea Side Effects
The Food and Drug Administration rates arnica as toxic, so you have to be careful when using it. As stated, do not take it internally as it has toxic qualities due to an ingredient called helenalin which can cause internal bleeding of the intestine. Also, if you take it internally it can cause stomach cramps, tremors, vomiting, dizziness, heart issues, inflammation of your mucous membranes or nervous disorders.
Additionally, do not rub it into any broken skin or wounds, as it may cause the blood pressure to rise. Do not use it if you are breastfeeding or are pregnant. Don’t use it as a long-term solution as it could bring on problems like dermatitis, rashes, eczema, swelling, blood thinning, rapid heartbeat, gastroenteritis, edema or even death.
If you are allergic to ragweed, you also shouldn’t use arnica.
How to Brew Arnica Tea
To brew it to use externally, you need a tablespoon of powdered arnica blossoms, boiling water and a way to filter the undissolved powder. Put the powder in 8 ounces of boiling water and filter it through a clean cloth. Then allow it to cool and soak a cloth into the mixture. Put the cloth onto the painful area of the skin.
How is it Used?
Arnica can be found in several products to include shampoos, hair conditioners, face moisturizers, fragrances, deodorants, cosmetics, depilatories, shaving creams, etc. Many times people have used it topically for treating arthritis or muscle cramps as well as fibromyalgia.
It is also known to boost immunity in people since it is antiviral as well as antibacterial. It also is good for getting rid of dandruff if applied to the scalp. Additionally it is sometimes put into a bath to help relieve stress and rejuvenate the body. But most of all it is known for treating all kinds of external pain, especially in the joints and muscles due to its anti-inflammatory characteristics.
All in all, arnica tea does have some amazing abilities to help get rid of all kinds of external pain and discomfort, as well as treat several other external problems. Since it is a known toxin, it shouldn’t be consumed even though in the past it was drunk to get rid of several other problems, it is too dangerous and could even kill the user.
The bottom line is that if you wish to get external pain relief in a more natural way, use arnica tea via soaking a cloth in it and placing it on your body in the painful area.
Good tea recommendation
If you’re looking for a tea that has as many benefits as Arnica tea, why not try the green tea or black tea?