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This cream to me is a bathroom essential. I have used it for many years and think it is very reliable. I used it on my own children when they were little and now I find myself using it regularly on my grandchildren too. I cannot do without it.
It is a natural cream which helps to reduce bruising and so in turn helps to relieve pain. A friend of mine recommended it to me many years ago and I thought she was exaggerating when she said it stops bruising. I thought maybe it helped bruises heal or something, I didn't expect it to be as effective as it is!
When you bang yourself or take a tumble you need to get arnica right away! My little granddaughter managed to run into a wall a few days ago. I got the tube of arnica and squeezed out a small amount and spread it onto the part of her forehead that was affected. She still got a bump on her head but it wasn't as big as I expected it to be and it never bruised, there wasn't even slight bruising! This meant that she didn't look terribly black and blue but also that she wasn't sore with the bruising afterwards.
I have used this on many occasion and it's always helped. After an operation I had I applied it to the area and I'm sure it helped the healing process.
You don't need to use much at a time and it stays on the skin for a while, slowly soaking in and doing it's job.
I find even if you apply it half an hour after the impact it still has a big effect.
This is a brilliant cream.
I have two small children and one in particular thinks a career in stunt work would be a good choice often this path involves injury and so I carry a portable first aid kit everywhere and of course have a small hospital at home! One product which I feel very necessary is Arnica.
What is it?
Arnica is a species of plants related to the sunflower family which contain homeopathic quality's for relief of bruising and sprains.
Cost and stockist
Arnica is available from all leading chemists and major supermarkets the cream is available in a 50g tube and costs £6.99 from Boots. It is available in other chemists and is often cheaper.
This cream eases and soothes bruising and aids faster healing, you simply massage the cream gently onto the bruised area and immediately it begins to ease and the bruise begins to fade
I have to say I swear by this on two occasions I have really put this to the test 36 hours before my daughters christening she head butted the wall as she flung herself out of her cot that 24 hours before the christening I applied arnica and not a bruise in sight in her photos . I then had an accident and fell down the stairs badly bruising my shoulder, face, legs in fact pretty much everywhere I also had stitches on my face and this was particularly bruised.
Arnica aided the healing indeed after a couple of days the bruising was gone and I was up and moving normally!
I think Arnica is a brilliant product it is particularly good for children as bruising can be very painful and this really eases that and of course it is a natural product which is even better.
Several months ago I had never heard of Nelson's Arnica Cream, but with a daughter of my own now, who can be rather clumsy at times, particularly when she was starting to walk, at times she could hardly go a day without bumping something whether a head or a leg. When I returned to work part time after maternity leave, my daughter started with a childminder who is very into natural remedies, and after an occasion where my daughter had hit her head, the childminder told me she had applied this product to her head and let me take it with me that day to apply more in the evening, in order to help stop the bruise from colouring and to help it heal quickly and naturally.
After that first bump when my childminder had applied the Arnica and then I did likewise later in the evening on the place where my daughter bumped her heard, I was impressed and amazed that the bruise never really came up and the next day, there was a slight redness but it never actually coloured into an ugly bruise. So, after that I decided to buy a tube of the cream myself. This product is by the same producers of the teething powder which I had sometimes given my daughter when she younger, so I recognised the brand. I have seen this product online to purchase, but I just picked mine up in my local health shop and the tube cost me just over £4.50, which isn't cheap, but I figured that as my daughter grows she will continue to have bumps and knocks and this should last me a good length of time.
Nelson's Arnica Cream has been created using the natural Alpine plant Arnica Montana, and it is meant to be an effective first aid treatment for all types of bruises which may arise from injuries, knocks or falls.
HArdly surprisingly, this product is most effective when it is applied to a bruise when it happens, albeit you need to apply it gently. It is a white cream that is easy to apply to the skin and doesn't leave your hands sticky. I tend to only apply it to my daughters skin if she has bumped her forehead badly and it is likely to come up in a big bruise. In the instances that this has happened with me and I have applied this cream if we have been at home, the bruise has not ever come up the way you would expect. If I have been slower to apply it because for example we have been out and about, then even if I apply it later it will still help ease the bruising, but not be quite as effective as if immediately applied. Anytime my daughter has a knock at the childminders those this isn't often, she puts arnica on her and there have been no bruises appeared.
All in all, I do much prefer natural remedies, and I am so glad my childminder told me about this as otherwise I would never have known such a product existed. If your child is accident prone and tends to bruise a lot, then this is a natural product worth trying and definitely effective if used immediately.
I am terribly accident prone. From stepping off a dance floor and breaking my foot , to falling down the stairs umpteen times a year.
I recently had a very nasty fall / slip out of the shower and badly bruised my leg. I can honestly say I have never seen such bad bruising, which was on my knee and lower leg.
A friend of mine recommended Arnica, which I had never heard of before. I picked up a 30g tube from my local pharmacy for £3.29.
Arnica cream is a first aid application, effective for all types of bruises resulting from injuries, knocks and falls. It contains arnica prepared from the alpine plant Arnica montana - a topical herbal remedy traditionally used in the symptomatic treatment of bruises. I was told to apply it as often as I needed/wanted to and would feel and see the effects almost immediately.
Well - I have to say I have been very impressed. After rubbing the cream onto my large black and blue bruise only a couple of times - I was surprised to see the bruise actually fading! It turned a slight yellowy colour and then cleared in no time at all.
Thanks to the leaflet contained within, there are some precautions to think about as if you are using arnica cream for prolonged use, you may begin to have some reactions. Skin irritations, like redness, itching or blisters are a sign that it's time to stop using the cream. In some people, arnica can aggravate eczema. Eczema flareups can occur at the site where the cream was applied, or anywhere on the body. People who have allergies to arnica or other members of the sunflower family are the most likely to have adverse reactions. Finally, arnica cream should never be used on open woulds or broken skin and should never be taken internally.
It has certainly helped the unslightly bruises on my legs in a quick manner. I now have a couple of tubes in my cupboard to use on any future bruises.
A few years ago I had surgery on my nose (wasn't a nose job honestly) for a deviated septum and the surgeon told me to take arnica tablets for two weeks after the operation to help with the bruising and minimise swelling. I have to say I wasn't impressed with the tablets and don't think they really did much for me but I was also told to apply arnica gel or cream to my nose for the next few months and was informed that this definitely would help with the swelling.
As anyone who has even had an operation on their nose knows the swelling can be severe and it lasts for months. My nose was massive and I was willing to try anything and as I am a little addicted to anything that packages itself as a natural remedy I made sure I stocked up on some Nelsons Arnica cream.
The cream is available in boots and all good health stores and pharmacies and costs between £5.50 and £6.00 for a 50g tube.
The active ingredient in this cream is Arnica Montana which has been a popular herbal remedy for hundreds of years.
Its main use is for the prevention and quick healing of bruises but it is also used to minimise swelling after surgery and this is what I used it for.
I was told to apply the cream to my nose 3 or 4 times a day or whenever I felt the need and I was told I was supposed to use it for several months.
To begin with I was using the cream on a regular basis every day and it actually dried my skin out and made it look flaky and red so I started using it only morning and night after that.
It soaks in to the skin really well and it feels moisturising so I unsure why it caused my skin to peel.
After I switched to using the cream only twice a day I had no ore problems with dryness or sensitivity and I found it really easy to use.
Unfortunately I am unsure whether or not it actually worked on my nose to minimise the swelling. After a couple of months of using the swelling was still really noticeable to me and it was still really tender. I had expected to have seen results by this point and was left feeling disappointed but I kept on using the cream and after about six months the swelling finally started to reduce and my nose started looking more normal.
I really can't say that the cream helped all that much as after about six months the swelling would have probably reduced even if I hadn't used anything. It also worked out really expensive for me as at nearly six pounds a tube and using it so often I was having to buy a new tube before two weeks were out.
I was really disappointed in this Arnica cream and usually I am a big fan of natural remedies and find that 9 times out of 10 they work better than manufactured ones. Perhaps this did speed up the healing because It's hard to measure how long it would have taken without using it but I personally feel that it was a waste of money for me.
I still think that if you are going for an operation that will leave you very bruised and swollen then you should try the cream as it doesn't hurt to try and help speed the healing along and maybe it will work better on you.
After being all gung-ho about my FitBrit challenge, the inevitable happened - I sprained my ankle! Maybe it's divine intervention telling me that I shouldn't do it, but I decided to fight it! Instead of relying on painkillers, I thought I'd opt for something more 'friendly'. Arnica is something I recall using from childhood and (typically) it occurred to me that I didn't have any in stock - ARGH! I hobbled out and went to my local Asda and managed to buy this 50g tube for what I believe was an exorbitant price in excess of £5! (have since found that even Boots sell it for £5.82, so I guess it wasn't too bad) Not really being in a position to go looking elsewhere, I parted with my hard earned cash.
So...what is it, I hear you ask?
A first aid homeopathic ointment, which is given away by the symbol on the packaging (a white cross on a green background). The cream is used to heal all types of bruising which has resulted from a fall, knocks or sprains.
Homeopathic remedies are commonly made by utilising the power of plant, animal or mineral substances. When it comes to this form of 'medication' there is alot of speculation about whether it works any better than a placebo effect. In 2005 the BBC published an article which has collated the opinions of people worldwide on their experiences http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4187412.stm. From this, you will be able to see the variety of 'believers Vs non-believers and you can develop your own conclusion.
The main ingredient is derived from the Arnica Montana plant which is native to Europe, mountainous regions of Canada and northern U.S. Its pseudonyms range from Mountain Tobacco to Wolf;sbane (which reminds me of the ridiculous film Wolfesbayne - slight aside ;-). As a plant it doesn't really look remarkable in colour and could be mistaken for a daffodil (that's the extent of my flowery knowledge). The fact that the stem tends to measure 1-2 feet would make me realise that this was in fact something more foreign and possibly with special powers ;-).
What makes this plant so special?
The plant contains sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids which are known to reduce inflammation and ease the sensation of pain. Not only that, there's also an element of thymol which is found in the essential oil, thyme and has strong antiseptic properties. It is believed that this concoction works by inciting the activity of white blood cells and diffusing fluid that builds up around injured, swollen joints.
Typically you will find this in cream form, but more recently I have seen a 'tablet', which I was given the option to purchase. Not that it was available at Asda, but I have since learnt that Arnica is also available in spray form, a cooling gel, a tinted stick and even a dissolvable tiny tablet (pillule clikpak). I opted not to as I felt I needed a more topical solution to my particular problem.
The cream is absorbed directly into the area which has been sprained. As the recommendation is to apply the cream liberally, I used an amount equivalent to half the size of the tip of my finger. This was enough to use on the affected area and after rubbing it in for approximately 30 seconds it had become absorbed into my skin. After using the cream twice a day for a week, i have found a significant difference. I am no longer hobbling and feel that the sprain has been eradicated.
As well as being an excellent cream it doesn't stain clothing and in non-allergenic.it has a pleasant, discrete smell to it (not overpowering). As well as using the cream I followed the instructions which were on a glossy little leaflet within the box. I raised my injured leg and used a cold compress prior to applying the cream. Following these instructions has healed me and I am very happy with the results!
Nelson's are the people behind this miracle cure. They are also the driving force behind many other 'safe and effective healthcare options for you' (http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-gb/uk/our-brands/). Since 1860 they have been on the ball when it comes to alternative medication and have definitely gone from strength to strength. 150 years into their work, they are the longest established homeopathic dealer and have worldwide recognised brands, including the Bach flock.
A study carried out in Norway used marathon runners as its subject group and asked them to apply this miracle homeopathic remedy in pill form prior to running. The results concluded that arnica had a positive effect on muscle soreness.
Early in May this year an article was published by the Daily Mail which asked 'Does arnica really work?' The findings indicated that it is a case of mind over matter. In particular this study was carried out using the little white tablet form and there were disputes about the amount used. Al in all, the results were not conclusive and I am not about to start arguing with 200 years of use. Alot of British GP's are not convinced, but when you see the results for yourself, I believe it speaks volumes.
The technical info: Ingredients: Active ingredient: Arnica montana tincture 0.9%v/w. Other ingredients: Purified water, Glyceryl monostearate + Macrogol stearate, Apricot kernel oil, Theobroma oil, Glycerol, Polawax GP200 (Cetearyl alcohol, PEG 20 Stearate), Cetostearyl alcohol, Cetyl palmitate, Glyyceryl monocaprylate, Methyl parahydroxybenzoate, Propyl parahydroxybenzoate.
It should be stored below 25°C and out of reach & sight of children. The expiry date gives you 2 years within which to use it, and after this it should be discarded. If the tube has been tampered with it should not be used. The cream should also not be applied to broken skin.
Be aware that long term use can cause skin irritation, so, should the problem persist it may be time to book that medic appointment. Personally it worked for me and, if there are any of you out there who haven't, I can guarantee you won't be disappointed with the result.
Thank you for reading.
Arnica is a yellow flower belonging to the sunflower family and has traditionally been used medicinally and homeopathically to heal bumps bruises and swelling as way back as the 16th century but somehow seems to have lost popularity in more recent years.
It's generally used either as a cream to be applied onto the skin, or a homeopathic tablet remedy. The way in which it is believed to work is that it stimulates the production of white blood cells which breaks down the congested blood that causes bruises and swelling. Importantly, it is also thought to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, both of which are important healing qualities. However, while it is great for healing swellings, it is not to be used on broken skin.
After having used the tablet form at the end of my pregnancy as well as a few weeks after childbirth in order to help with the healing process and been really pleased with the results I decided to read up on the supposed benefits of arnica and decided to get the arnica cream to keep in my firstaid kit at home. I chose Nelsons's arnica cream as it is a well known, popular homeopathic brand.
The cream, as with the tablets has been brilliant. I bruise very easily and the bruises always take ages to heal but if I use arnica cream on them they're virtually gone the next day, as is the swelling and pain.
My daughter regularly comes home with a bump or bruise from playing at school so I'm always using this cream on her and it's been wonderful at tackling such ailments. I always tell her it's a magical cream as it takes the pain away so quickly.
I've noticed the difference when I forget to use it or don't have it to hand in terms of how long the healing takes.
I would recommend having this product to hand at home as at around £5.00 for a 50g tube, it's well worth every penny
It works! It truly does. Now...many people giving reviews will testify to this using their children as prime examples ("it worked on my little Johnny who's always bruising himself"...yada yada yada!)... but I'm here to tell you that this stuff truly DOES work miracles...forget about the kids!! LOL
MY FUNNY MIRACLE
A few years ago me and hubby went on a skiing holiday while living in Spain and invited my brother and his girlfriend across from England to join us. My brother is an avid skier (a regular attendee of black runs). I'd never skied before but fancied giving it a go.
My brother gently guided me on either a blue or green run (my first after a lesson on the nursery slopes!) - and patiently told me "I'm going to traverse left to right...follow me". I did and the world was good. We stopped half way down without any mishaps and I felt really pleased with myself - "was I perhaps a natural?" I glowed, privately to myself.
Then he said the immortal words "I'm going to straight line it - meet you at the bottom". Now...he's my brother. I'm going to traverse left and right translated into "we". "I'm going to straight line it now" translates into "we" ...get it?
I watched my brother as he hunkered down into a tight tuck and marvelled at how aerodynamic he looked. I of course quickly followed suit. I mean it was half way down the mountain for christ sake...it'll be fine...it wasn't like I was straight lining it from the TOP or anything...
For the first 5 seconds I was smiling inside - it was going wonderfully. Then...curiously I seemed to pick up speed down the mountainside (as one does I suppose). It then occurred to me that I was going a tad faster than I would have liked. ....It quickly re-occurred to me that as I could only see flashes of peoples suits as I skiied past them, and that...BLOODY HELL...I was fast!! I then remembered that, at the end of the ski slope, was a big solid bund of snow and then a sheer drop down a mountainside. It came, rather like an unwanted news flash, that at my current speed I was unlikely to be able to stop. Images of Eddie the Eagle suddenly sprang to mind.
Bugger...oh f***... OK think... "SNOW PLOUGH!" ...I thought quickly and mentally patted myself on my back. My skiis felt like I was traversing across a herd of washing machines set on a super fast spin cycle. Operation "Snow Plough" was a clear winner in my book - although in all truthfulness I didn't actually have a plan 'B'.
I gingerly started to straighten up and before I knew it, the world turned white as I somersaulted and then nose dived spectacularly through snow covered ice for around 40-50 metres. My designer sunglasses broke across the nose ridge with the pressure of snow being hurled against my face and when I finally stopped, I lay there for a few minutes, not daring to move, peering tentatively out between what used to be my dark glasses which were still tangled around my ears but curiously now open up to the elements...flopping on either side of my nose.
My partner finally got to me and was probably the most worried I've ever seen him (apart from the time when I spilt my coffee near his laptop...!) and pronounced that he thought I was dead cos I hadn't moved for so long. He obligingly fetched my skiis from up the hill - around 3 minutes walk away and gave me a hug (ahh!) and I had a party of wellwishers below...OK just my brother and his girlfriend, but I'm sure more people cared :-p
"What the HELL were you doing?!" my brother exploded.
You said "straight line it..." I retorted, somewhat defensively. His eyes went heavenward. "No...I said I was going to straight line it...I expected you to keep gently traversing down the slope ...like we were doing at the top". WELL really! He had some nerve. Placing the fault back on my shoulders.
Still...I mused...I HAD survived, so I could forgive him - but if I had injured myself he wouldn't have heard the last of it, that's for sure!
I went back to my hotel an hour or so later, and hubby was pampering me. "Do you want a cuppa"...he asked. It was at that point that I realised that I couldn't actually lift my head off the bed to answer him. NO REALLY....I wasn't being lazy!! The muscles in my neck had been wrenched after my spectacular fall - and I literally had to use my hands to lift my head up. Very weird - and quite funny.
Now I don't know about you, but when you have problems like this after only 2-3 hours from the injury, then you just KNOW that you aren't going to be able to move the next day (am I RIGHT...OR AM I RIGHT?). OK if you're 20 maybe not, but late 30's (OK you got me, early 40s!) TRUST ME....I'm right.
I had arnica in my bag for my little one - so figuring it might help I totally creamed up all around my neck - and then settled for an early night with some pain killers to help any inflammation. (A natural medic me some might say!).
Do you know what? The next morning my neck was as good as NEW. I'm really NOT exaggerating. I really had no problems at all. Now, I figured this stuff may help for bruising for my todder...but I never truly appreciated the power of arnica before I injured my neck. I was moving it left and right in total disbelief. I had myself down as totally disabled by morning and it had never felt BETTER.
Well...frankly I never would have believed it possible - so I thought I'd give you my experience and let you be the judge. I always keep some in my medicine cabinet now and wouldn't be without it.
You can purchase this at most pharmacies or even on Ebay for a fixed price. You will pay from around £3.50-£5.00 on average for the 30g size and between £5.50-£8.00 for the 50g size.
Nelsons themselves currently advertise the 30g tube for £3.95 and the 50g tube for £5.50. Ebay sometimes sell it cheaper - but other companies tend to be more expensive unless they have a "special offer" e.g. currently healthstuff.co.uk sell the 30g tube for £4.35.
WHO MAKES THIS STUFF?
A company called Nelson and Russell Holdings Limited - which is a family run business that has a turnover in excess of £25m. The company was founded in 1860 but then later acquired in 1974 by the Wilson family. Today they have over 200 employees and it's run by two brothers, Robert and Patrick Wilson.
Their top 3 selling products are: Arnica, Calendula and Tea Tree.
Most recently Nelsons earnt the regional award and Coutts Prize for "Family Business 2008/2009".
Anyone that has little ones will know that they tend to get bruises very easily. As they run about they tend to bang into things and hit their shins on things climbing onto them.
I was getting fed up of seeing bruises all over my little girl's legs when they fall over so I decided to try Nelsons Arnica cream for bruises. I was not convinced that this cream would help keep the bruises down but I was amazed when using this cream. It really does work. One of my daughters fell over outside and really banged her head on the decking and I used this cream for the first time on the bump (which had come up within seconds). What do you know there was hardly any bruising showing at all over the next few days. I was expecting a massive bruise that stood out so much but no this cream really helped.
We call this cream magic cream (which I know a lot of parents say for all sorts of creams) but this really is magic cream.
This cream is prepared from the alpine plant Arnica montana. It is a topical herbal remedy, traditionally that is used for the treatment of bruises.
Incase your child is allergic to some items in medicines here is a list of what the ingredients are:
Purified water, glyceryl monostearate & macrogol stearate, apricot kernel oil, theobroma oil, glycerol, polawax GP 200 (cetearyl alcohol, PEG-20 stearate), cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, glyceryl monocaprylate, methyl parahydroxybenzoate, propyl parahydroxybenzoate.
I bought this from a large Boots store as I tried a few smaller stores and they did not have it. I found it in the Complementary Therapies under Flower Remedies. It cost me £5.95 in Boots but I know that many other stores do stock the item such as Superdrug, Holland and Barrett, Sainsbury's some pharmacies and health food shops nationwide.
There is nothing worse for me than seeing Harry covered in little bruises. He is an active toddler and forever falling over and knocking his little arms and legs, and so little bruises keep springing up all over him. I don't like to think of him in pain, and they don't look great either, so I set off to the shop a few months ago to see if I could find something which would ease his bruises just a little bit.
I knew that Arnica was good for bumps and bruises, so I went to my local Boots store. They had nothing and suggested I try the local health food shop, as they would have more natural products in. I went across the road to Holland and Barratt and asked about Arnica products, and I was shown straight to a section of the shop which contained lots of different Arnica gels, creams and other lotions and potions. I opted for this one as it was a cream which would sink in easily, and hopefully I'd be able to apply it to Harry's bruises much more easily.
Nelsons Arnica Arni-Care cream is a product specially formulated for bruises and other knocks and bumps which we all get at some point. It is made from the plant "Arnica Montana", which is a yellow flowering plant. Arnica has long been used medicinally for bruises, and Nelsons have been making herbal remedies for many years so I hoped that this would be a successful product. The cream comes in a 30 gram metal tube, which has a foil sealing which you pierce using the lid. The screw cap seals it tightly and I haven't had it leaking or anything yet.
The design is slightly different to the pictured product on Dooyoo, I think they have modernised it a bit. It is purple and green, with "arnica" written in bold purple writing down the side of the box, and the Nelsons logo at the top. It's pretty distinctive and easy to spot on the shelf. The tube follows this colour scheme, with a predominant white body with the purple and green accents and lettering.
The cream is obviously simple to use. You simply squeeze out a small amount (which of course differs according to the size of the bruise you want to apply it to) and then rub it onto the bruise gently, as you don't want to hurt yourself. I find the cream isn't too greasy at all, and sinks in fairly well in a good amount of time. It doesn't have a particularly strong scent, just a little bit sweet and "medicinal", but is quite unisex so everyone in the family can happily use this product.
I guess the most important thing is whether or not it actually works. I had a pretty nasty bruise on my arm a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted it to stop aching and go down a bit, as I find big purple bruises quite unsightly! I applied the cream from when the bruise was at its angriest every day, with a generous amount of the cream. Whilst I didn't expect miracle results, I was a bit disappointed. I felt my bruise went down no quicker than if I hadn't used the cream, but the area didn't feel quite as tender after a few applications. I was pleased that it didn't hurt as much, because I like to think when I use this on Harry, it alleviates some of the pain of his tender little bruise, even if it doesn't really help aesthetically.
People have, and have always had, strong beliefs about herbal remedies and their effectiveness. I don't really have views one way or another, and I think it's good to try natural things on our bodies, particularly when it comes to our children, which is why I chose this product for Harry. He didn't have any reactions to it at all, and seemed okay when I was applying it. I wouldn't say its particularly effective but it did alleviate some of the tenderness directly on the bruise, so if you are after a product which is natural and helps just that little bit, this might be the one for you.
My tube of Arnica cream cost me £4.49 from Holland and Barratt, but I have since noticed my local Boots now sell this product, so perhaps there is more call for natural products. Nelsons have a website, which is www.nelsonshomoeopathy.co.uk, and lists all of their products and availability. They state the product should retail for £3.95 for a 30g tube, which I think is good value as it will last you a while.
Thank you for reading!