Arnica is the number one remedy to consider for recent and past, primarily physical, trauma to the body. This trauma may have occurred through accidents, injuries, surgery, bruising, head injuries, sprains, childbirth, dental work, or even jet lag. Arnica promotes healing by controlling bleeding, reducing swelling, and preventing the formation of pus. -Atlanta Classic Homeopathy
Arnica is amazing stuff. I don’t want you to confuse this with just regular old Arnica though. Regular arnica can be dangerous to ingest. I’m talking about homeopathic arnica. I use this kind of arnica for bumps, bruises and injuries:
You can buy it here. You give it orally and under the tongue.
Homeopathic Arnica Safety
The reason that you can feel 100% comfortable giving your child homeopathic arnica for injuries is because it is super diluted. That’s how homeopathy works. If you need some convincing about why homeopathy is safe, read this past blog. In addition, I try to explain why homeopathic remedies work so well and so quickly but are still safe here.
Homeopathy is not like our medicine of today. If you are going to understand homeopathy, you have to really just disregard everything you have been taught about medicine and realize homeopathy is absolutely foreign.
If modern medicine was the English written word, herbal remedies would be the French written word, but homeopathy would be Japanese Kanji. Does that make sense? It’s TOTALLY different. It functions on a different level, in a different way and has different principle entirely.
Why We Should Carry Arnica in Our Purses
Arnica can help with trauma wounds even if they are really old, but the most miraculous demonstrations of arnica’s ability happen when we give arnica withing about ten minutes of the initial injury. It can prevent the injury from taking a turn for the worst. Paramedics and ER doctors with education in homeopathy have even claimed to have reduced or reversed traumatic brain injuries by promptly giving arnica. In an emergency situation, I give arnica on the way to the ER. I’m not a doctor, but it doesn’t take a doctor to see how well arnica works. I’ve learned from reading Homeopathic journals that you can give arnica every ten minutes or so for the first hour to see dramatic healing results. So, at every stop light on the way to the ER, a mom could give one more pellet to get the best benefits from this remedy.
I stress that we should have it on hand because if your child falls down and hits his head really hard, you would rush them to the ER, right? It would seem irresponsible to head into the house to the medicine cabinet first. I’m not trying to just sell more arnica when I say this. (I don’t get commission.) I think that it’s a really good idea to have a few bottle of arnica at any given moment. I keep one in my homeopathic box at home. I’ve given one to Nana and Papa, so that if anything happens to one of my kids while in their care, my kids can have the same healing they would have had if they were at home with me. Then I keep one in my purse.
I got a call from my son’s school a few months ago. They wanted me to come get my son because he fell backwards and hit his head on the pavement. While they were observing him, he said he felt like he was going to throw up and that his head felt weird. They were worried about a concussion and wanted me to have the opportunity to take him to Urgent Care if I wanted. I had arnica in my purse. I drove right up to the school and saw the enormous knot on the back of his head and the weird look on his face, and I was scared. Immediately, not even concerned about if they would think it was weird, I gave him arnica and then signed him out. Then we went to urgent care. On the way, I kept giving him a pellet every time we were stopped for traffic. It was a relief knowing that at least since we couldn’t teleport to Urgent Care, I was making good use of the delay.
By the time we got to Urgent Care, the swelling was almost gone. Triage thought I was a little over protective, but I’ve been called worse things. They told me he was fine and commented on how sweet I was to worry, but that he did not have a concussion or even a bad injury.
Maybe my son never had a concussion. I can only tell you what my experience was. One homeopath wrote:
Arnica is also a great absorber of blood. For example, my patients have had amazing experiences with their kids who bump their heads and get a big egg on their forehead, which of course means there is a hematoma, a leakage of blood. With Arnica the swelling goes right down and then they don’t have to take their kids to the emergency room. -Dr. Luc De Schepper, M.D., Ph.D., D.I. Hom., C.Hom., Lic. Ac.
I have to say that I disagree with not needing to take a child to the ER with what would have been an otherwise serious injury. I like to take advantage of every single opportunity to protect my children. I know I’m not a doctor. I’m not going to presume to diagnose a children on my own. That’s not my job. I am just a mom, and my job is to do everything in my power to take care of them. In the event of a serious injury, I think that means giving arnica on the way to the hospital. Since homeopathic arnica is so tremendously safe, the only real risk of this plan of action is looking like a fool when your child ends up in triage with no remaining injury.
Haven’t had your fill of happy arnica stories, read the story about how my daughter plowed her face into the corner of a desk.
What are you waiting for? Buy a couple of bottles here so that you can look like an overprotective mom too!
PS: Read this amazing study about another potential use of arnica here.
PPS: Make sure to store all homeopathic medicines out of the reach of children, not because they’re dangerous, (They aren’t.) but because they are so delicate, if a child touches them, it can inactivate them. For the same reason, never touch a homeopathic remedy with your hand; just dump a pellet into the cap and use the cap to drop it into the child’s mouth. Also, for the same reason, do not store homeopathic remedies near anything that has a strong smell like tea tree oil or peppermint toothpaste. That will also inactivate the entire bottle. Homeopathy is not chemical in nature, it takes on the essence of what it was exposed to. For example, homeopathic arnica is not actually arnica. It has just been EXPOSED TO arnica. (Read the links I mentioned above to learn more about this. ) So, if you expose it to something else, it can neutralize the intended “essence.” And that’s a waste of $7.50!
PPPS: Homeopathic arnica also works this well on pets.