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 that is 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
The benefits of arnica tea include its effects on hair loss, skin inflammation, arthritis, anxiety, and potential infections or conditions on the skin. 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 to minimize hair loss. Similarly, applying this tea to aching joints and muscles provides rapid anti-inflammatory relief.
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
As with any plant that has such potent medicinal effects, there are also some potential side effects when using this tea.
- Using this tea on broken skin or an open wound can cause toxicity and irritation
- Excessive use of this can also cause psoriasis and rashes on the skin
As mentioned, this tea is rarely consumed, and should only ever be done so under a doctor’s supervision, considering that internal consumption can lead to stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and nervous disorders, among other unpleasant effects.