Feeling Achy? Try Arnica!
Seasonal changes can set off arthritic aches and pains, but you can help relieve the discomfort with arnica (Arnica montana), a daisy-like mountain flower. Try rubbing tincture, cream, or gel on sore spots. Don’t use on broken skin, and never take arnica internally unless in the form of a homeopathic remedy, where the dose is very low.
To make an arnica compress, mix one tablespoon of arnica tincture in one pint of purified water. Dip a gauze pad in the mixture, then put it on the troublesome joint or bruised area. Look for pure arnica extract for making topical applications.
Since this is also the season of bumps and bruises, know that arnica applied to the injured area following trauma may help alleviate some of the pain and bruising that may come.
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