April is All About Arnica
As a therapist are you aware of the many benefits of using Arnica in your practice? Did you know that it is a natural anti-inflammatory that alleviates neuro-muscular and joint pain BUT does so much more? Ask anyone what they know about Arnica and they will probably say something like “it’s for bruises, isn’t it?” And yes, while that is correct, it has so much more to offer than just reducing the size and multi-colours of your bruises after you’ve fallen or stubbed your toe! Although we thank it for that. This month I will highlight all you need to know about this amazing plant, its origins, history, application, medicinal uses, healing abilities AND its amazing benefits. Each week I will explain the various Pure Pro Arnica products and highlight the benefits for you and your clients. Also, how it eases arthritic aches and pains and Fibromyalgia flare-ups.
I believe that Arnica should be in every First Aid kit in every household in the county, particularly Pure Pro’s Arnica (anti-inflammatory) Relief Lotion. But more about that later in the month. Arnica Montana, sometimes called the “mountain daisy”, is a tall-stemmed flower with petals that look like a daisy. Arnica creams and ointments have been used for centuries to treat muscle soreness and aches, bruising, joint pain and inflammation going back as far as the Greek and Roman times … it grows particularly well in nutrient-poor sandy soil in southern Europe. There are many different types of Arnica formulations available from oils, gels, alcohol extracts, herbal tinctures and homeopathic preparations. While gel and alcohol-based extracts can be effective, they evaporate from the skin quickly, rather than being absorbed, making them less suitable for your massage work. Pure Pro’s Arnica products are a popular choice for massage therapists. They use a hand-pressed, or infused, natural herbal extract from both the flower and the root of the plant. This ensures the potency and efficacy for all your healing work. That’s why its benefits go far beyond healing bruises.
Arnica is vital ingredient for pain relief. It can be particularly helpful in reducing the pain and ache of arthritic joints, fibromyalgia flare-ups, post sports activities and injuries such as sprains, strains, tendonitis, whiplash, plantar fasciitis, peripheral neuropathy from diabetic conditions or if chemotherapy induced. That is quite a litany of ailments and conditions that Pure Pro’s Arnica products can ease. So now you can see why I will need a full month to elaborate on all the uses and benefits of the four different Arnica products in the Pure Pro range. These are:
Arnica Therapeutic Concentrate
Arnica Relief Lotion
Arnica Therapeutic Massage Oil
Peppermint Pedango Foot Cream
So whether your preference is for a concentrate, lotion, oil or cream you need look no further to help ease your clients’ aches and pains or to have on hand in your family first aid kit. However, there are two really important contraindications to using Arnica (in any form); if you are pregnant, breast feeding of if you have a daisy allergy – DO NOT USE! Also, Arnica should never be taken internally, unless diluted in pill form e.g. homeopathic remedies. For more information on any of our Arnica products go to www.purepro.ie