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Common Names: Leopard's bane, Sneezewort, Mountain tobacco.

What Is Arnica Montana And How Can It Benefit My Healing?

Many of the women who have taken Arnica Montana both before and after their surgeries have raved about its healing powers in reducing postoperative bruising and swelling (a comprehensive discussion about the symptoms of Bruising and Swelling can be found in the Healing Journey: Symptoms, Issues, Complications & Solutions Room). Grown in mountain regions, this homeopathic herb not only helps reduce bruising and swelling but also lessens bleeding during surgery, promotes healing, lessens postoperative pain, helps kill bacteria, aids in the reabsorption of internal bleeding (which leads to less bleeding during the surgery and less post-op bruising), and reduces muscle soreness. Of the women we’ve encountered who have experienced little or no swelling and bruising, a good number of them used Arnica both before and after their surgeries (of course, many of them also followed other healing-friendly rituals regarding good nourishment, icing, elevation, immobility, and the activities guidelines). The healing benefits of Arnica can be partly explained by its active components being sesquiterpene lactones, which are known to reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Arnica stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which not only strengthens the immune system but also digests congested blood and displaces congested fluids in injured tissues, joints and muscles. This explains the decrease in bruising that women who use Arnica experience. Because Arnica can help repair damaged tissues, journeywomen also apply Arnica in cream form to improve the healing of their scars (but only once the wounds have fully closed). Arnica is known to stimulate blood circulation, which indirectly benefits scar healing. Because Arnica has anti-bacterial attributes, the use of the cream may also protect the scars from the dirt and bacteria in the environment that can slow down the scar healing process. Because some doctors may not wish you to take any homeopathic remedies (including Arnica) during post-op, be sure to consult with your doctor about Arnica before your surgery.

We feature various Arnica Montana pill and topical cream brands and provide product descriptions within the Featured Products window on the margin of this page.

How Should I Administer Arnica Montana?

For women undergoing a facelift, Arnica can be taken in both pill and cream/topical forms. Many journeywomen take both forms during their journey. In many cases, women take the pills before and after their surgery to help reduce their bruising and swelling. Once wounds have closed, journeywomen often switch to using Arnica topical creams on their scars to promote better healing and to help minimize the appearance of scars. When administering Arnica in pill form, please respect the 4 guidelines for homeopathic remedies (not to use your hands, to hold the pill under your tongue, not to eat or drink for 15 minutes before or after, and stay away from substances that can counteract its effects). If used topically, it is important that Arnica creams not be used on broken skin or open wounds because this can irritate the wound and cause a rash. For this reason, do not rush using a cream before your wounds have closed fully. When using the cream, first begin by washing your hands and then wash the affected scar area. Thereafter, pat the scar area dry with a cotton ball or clean towel and then gently massage a thin coat of the Arnica cream over the scar site.

When Does One Typically Start & Stop Taking Arnica Montana?

The time to begin taking Arnica varies from woman to woman. Some women have started using Arnica anywhere from 2 weeks before surgery, while others began using it at 3 days pre-op, and some only took the remedy during post-op. Despite these wide ranges, we’ve observed that a considerable number of women begin taking Arnica between 3–7 days pre-op. If you are considering taking Arnica during the pre-op phase, it is important that you ask your doctor about taking Arnica the morning of your surgery. Some doctors and anesthesiologists may want your body to be free and clear of certain medications before they begin their work and they’ll ask that you don’t eat, drink or medicate yourself passed the night before surgery (depending on what time of day your surgery is scheduled). Every professional has his or her own routine, so make sure that you follow your doctors’ instructions. While women vary in their schedules for administering Arnica, women typically stop taking this remedy in pill form once their bruising and swelling symptoms have largely faded away (which occurs by around 2 weeks post-op or shortly afterwards).

Once your wounds have healed and closed completely, Arnica topical creams may be applied to your scars. Wound closure may occur anywhere around days 7-14 post-op. You can generally use Arnica creams for as long as benefits are noticeable, up to about 4- 6 months. However, you should make sure to read the specific directions for each specific gel because the suggested duration for use may vary.

What Are The Ranges On Recommended Dosages?

Homeopathic Remedy Dosage Strengths

  • X is the highest strength (1:10 ratio of active ingredient to inactive solution)
  • C is the medium strength (1:100 ratio)
  • M is the lowest strength (1:1000 ratio)

As with most homeopathic remedies, there is a great range of strengths to take. Some facelifters take the same strength throughout their whole journey, while others change the dose from one strength during pre-op to another strength during post-op. We’ve found women taking all kinds of dosage strengths including, for example, 30C, 30X, and others. The number of pills to take at a time and the number of times to take the dosage a day will vary according to the specific strength of the brand that you choose. You should follow the specific instructions on the product label. While this regimen is not necessarily the average, it is not unusual to find women taking 3-4 pills at a time, about twice a day. Some women decrease the strength of their dose right before and after surgery and then return back to their original dosage a few days after surgery. For example, one may start out with a dosage of 30C or 30X and then decrease the strength to 1M right before and after the surgery, and then go back to the original dosage of 30C or 30X a few days into post-op. The women who decrease their dosage before and after their surgery typically do so because some doctors, especially anesthesiologists, will not want you to take any homeopathic medications, food or drink unless necessary in the hours surrounding your surgery. For this reason, it is important that you get your doctor’s consent regarding any special remedies or treatments that you are considering on taking during your recovery as well as medications and supplements that you normally take in your daily life. Disclosing this information will enable your doctor to determine if anything that you are thinking of taking may be healing-unfriendly and should not be taken before, during, or after your procedure.

As far as Arnica topical creams, you can apply the cream anywhere from 2-3 and even as high as 5 times a day during the early phase of scar healing and then make the usage less frequent as your scar matures. You should read the specific directions on the product packaging.

What Are The Side Effects?

Arnica has been safe for the women that we have encountered, and none have reported any side effects. However, research indicates that with prolonged use, Arnica may cause eczema, peeling, blisters, or other skin conditions. The main precaution to consider is that Arnica topical creams should not be used on open or broken wounds because this can irritate the wound and cause a rash.

Are There Any Drug Interactions?

As with almost all homeopathic remedies, there are no drug interactions with Arnica Montana. However, eating or drinking less than 15 minutes before or after you take the pill form will diminish the effectiveness of Arnica Montana. Additionally, it is important to stay away from caffeine, garlic, chocolate, and mint products for at least 1 hour before and after you take your Arnica pills.

Where Can I Buy Arnica Montana?

Because Arnica is gaining popularity so quickly, it is easy to find this product. Arnica is sold in most nutrition/health food stores, some supermarkets, pharmacies selling homeopathic remedies, and online.



Use Arnica Montana to reduce bruising, swelling, and promote better scar healing

Hold your Arnica pill under your tongue for a minute before swallowing

Place your Arnica pill in the bottle cap or inside a little paper cup and then ingest

Tell your doctor before your surgery about all homeopathic remedies, medications and supplements that you would like to take before, during, and after your procedure

Apply Arnica topical cream on open wounds or broken skin

Eat, drink for at least 15-20 minutes before and after you take an Arnica pill

Consume caffeine products, onion, garlic, chocolate, and mint products for 1 hour before and after you take your Arnica pill

Touch your Arnica pill with your hands


SinEcch Arnica Montana

Hyland's Arnicaid First Aid Relief Tablets

Nelson Arnica Cream

Boiron Arnica Gel

Boericke & Tafel Arniflora Arnica Gel


  • Reduces bruising
  • Reduces swelling
  • Reduces bleeding during surgery
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves scar healing
  • Promotes tissue repair



  • Fever
  • Cramps
  • Sore muscles
  • Sprains



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