Arnica: One of My Favorite Plants!

Ever since massage school I have been really drawn to arnica. It is probably because there are tons of products that massage therapists use that contain arnica, and with good reason! Arnica’s anti-inflammatory properties are an immediate draw to those in my line of work. It not only is great for the client, it makes our job easier!
I began my herbal studies a few months after having my son. One of the first products I made was arnica oil. That oil helped me get through painful bouts of sciatica, as well as helped my ex-husband’s achy back (he lifts heavy boxes and musical equipment for a living). I still use it today on my family and clients. Using those arnica products has helped me become less dependent upon over-the-counter medicine to help with minor to moderate aches and pains.
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Arnica is a plant that has been used for hundreds of years to treat muscle pains. It is indigenous to Europe but there are species that grow in the US as well. It is recommended for external use only.
Arnica is indicated for a wide array of muscle/joint conditions such as:

  • Rheumatism
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Bruising
  • Sore and over-worked muscles
  • Stomach cramps
  • Sore feet

Arnica is contraindicated for:

  • Women who are pregnant (it can cause uterine contractions)
  • People allergic to ragweed (they may have an allergic reaction to arnica as well)

Arnica is also not to be overused as it may cause or worsen eczema or other dermatitis. Be sure to use the recommended dosage on the product you are purchasing.
For more on arnica, and other pain relieving plants, check out my free mini-course:
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Green Clay: Not Just For Spas Anymore!

French Green Clay is a fixture at many high end spas and resorts…and with good reason! This wonderful clay has awesome natural astringent properties. Decomposed plant material gives the clay its beautiful green color. It is full of minerals including:

  • Magnesium
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Dolomite
  • Silica
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorous
  • Silicon
  • Copper
  • Selenium

Used as a face mask or spot treatment, it can help to dry up acne, excess oils and impurities from the skin.
Quick Face Mask Recipe:

  1. Mix clay into a paste using water or a hydrosol (i.e. rose water)
  2. (OPTIONAL) Add essential oils (lavender, clary sage, peppermint are great additions!)
  3. Apply to face and neck area
  4. Let dry (normally takes about 15-20 minutes)
  5. Rinse off and apply a light moisturizer

Green clay is not only good for beauty, it is excellent first aid as well. French green clay treats rashes like poison ivy and poison oak.
If you ever encounter poison ivy/oak:

  1. Mix green clay with water and/or apple cider vinegar (preferred) until it makes a paste.
  2. Apply to exposed area
  3. Let air dry COMPLETELY
  4. Rinse completely and apply a liniment.

Do you have other french green clay recipes? Share them in the comments section below! Tag a friend and keep the conversation going!