Is Arnica tea a solution for your muscle problems? It can be!
You get home from work or the gym and, naturally, your muscles are hurting. Arnica herbal tea is great for healing bruises, relieving muscle pain and treating injuries.
However, arnica infusions should only be used externally and not drunk, unless under medical supervision. This aspect cannot be stressed enough, but don’t let it put you off this herbal tea just yet.
Let’s take a closer look at this healing tea and find out what more it can do for you.
Its Latin name is arnica montana, but the name arnica actually comes from the Greek "arna", which means lamb, probably because this herb has soft hairy leaves.
When searching for arnica tea, you can also find it referred to as leopard's bane, wolf's bane, mountain arnica, mountain tobacco, mountain snuff, smokeherb, wound herb or thunderwort. So many names just for one healing herb.
Arnica is a woodland plant native to Central Europe and Siberia. In the Northern hemisphere it is found in meadows in high altitudes. You can also find it in the US and Canada, afterall the name mountain tobacco is due to the fact that Native American indians used to smoke this herb.
This perennial herb belongs to the sunflower family and it can reach 30-50 cm in height, offering solitary yellow or orange flowers that are 7cm wide.
From June to August, anywhere from 1 to 9 flowerheads start growing in each plant releasing a slightly aromatic smell that contrasts with the strong odour of pine when the leaves are crushed.
Arnica tea was first used in Europe in the 16th century to treat digestive disorders, bring down fevers and for topical treatment to deal with skin disorders.
Nowadays, arnica is advised to be only used externally due to its potential toxicity, so its flowers are dried and used mainly in ointments, creams and gels to treat bruises and sprains.
The benefits of tea are immense, so come along with us and let's find out how arnica tea can help you lead a healthier life.
This healing tea is known for reducing inflammation, alleviating pain and killing germs due to two important compounds: sesquiterpene and dihydrohelenalin.
It also contains flavonoids, polysaccharides, inulin, tannins, mucilage and resin. It is the perfect combination to bring you pain relief.
External Use of Arnica
Internal Use (remember: only with the supervision of your doctor!)
Yes, the benefits of arnica tea are great, but you have to keep an eye on its side effects as well. The safest way to go is always to use it under medical supervision.
Ready to try this new herbal remedy?
Like any other type of tea, it’s important to prepare it the right way and this tea is no exception. Let’s head to the kitchen and learn how to make arnica tea.
To Use Externally
To prepare this particular healing tea, you will need fresh or dried arnica flower heads. Here’s a sugestion using powdered arnica flowers:
Start by placing a tablespoon of the powdered arnica flowers in a cup of boiling water and with the help of a cloth, filter the undissolved powder.
Let your tea cool down a bit and then soak a towel or washing a cloth in the warm tea. Apply it to the bruised or wherever you feel pain. You can also add a quart of tea to warm water and experience a soothing soak.
To Take Internally
For this you need a weaker infusion, so let’s start over!
Start by boiling water and then add 1 teaspoon of arnica per cup into your teapot. Fill the teapot with the boiling water, cover it and let steep for 3 to 7 minutes. If you are looking for a stronger taste, let it steep longer.
You can also prepare yourself a cup of arnica iced tea.
Place 6 teaspoons of arnica in a teapot, pour 1 ¼ cups of boiled water and let steep for 5 minutes. Get pitcher that can hold 1 liter of your iced tea.
Next, pour 250 ml of cold water into the pitcher up and then pour the steeped tea, while straining the leaves.
Finish by adding plenty of ice and filling the remainder of the recipient with cold water and sweeten to taste.
Here’s a tip: when making iced tea, make your hot tea stronger as it will dilute in the additional cold water and ice.
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