Arnica tea is an unusual brew that is only recommended for topical use, but it can still have a number of surprising effects!
What is Arnica Tea?
Arnica tea is an infusion prepared with the dried flowers of the arnica plant, the most common species of which bears the scientific name Arnica montana. Also referred to as wolf’s bane, leopard’s bane, and mountain tobacco, this plant is related to sunflowers and the large yellow flowers of this plant are unmistakable.
That being said, although it is called a tea, this infusion is not intended for internal use under any circumstances. One of the active ingredients, helenalin, has potentially toxic and deadly effects if consumed, so this infusion is never used orally.
Arnica Tea Benefits
As there are antibacterial and antiviral compounds in this flower, it is known to improve the immune system’s strength and reduce the strain on your system from allergic reactions.
When topically applied to the scalp, this infusion can protect against inflammatory conditions there such as dandruff and can help minimize hair loss.
A majority of people use arnica tea for foot bath to relax. It has soothing properties that help you calm down and rejuvenate.
How to Make Arnica Tea?
You can make arnica tea at home quite easily, as the ingredients are readily available in most natural health stores or specialty tea shops.
- Step 1 – Add 1 tablespoon of dried arnica flower powder to a tea infuser or teapot.
- Step 2 – Bring a saucepan of water to boil and then pour over the powder.
- Step 3 – Allow the mixture to steep for 5-6 minutes, before straining the tea.
- Step 4 – Let the tea cool before applying it to the skin, to avoid irritation or burns.
Arnica Tea Side Effects
- Using this tea externally on broken skin or an open wound can cause toxicity and irritation
- Excessive use of this tea can also cause psoriasis and rashes on the skin
For best results, consult your doctor before making any new change in the diet.