“ Brand: Boots „
WHAT IS IT?
This is cream that you apply to bruises to help them get better quicker.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You apply the Arnica cream to the area that has been bruised, you can start to use it straight away as soon as you injure yourself even if a bruise has not started to show up. You have to apply it gently because you would not want to make the area hurt worse but if it did start to hurt after it would be because of you not being gentle enough instead of anything in the cream.
WHY DID I BUY IT?
My grandmother recommended for me to buy Arnica cream when I was sick a few years ago. I had to have a lot of blood tests and I bruise very badly, I am a beauty therapist and it did not look very professional to have my arms covered in small bruises from these injections. I did not think it would work because I thought that a bruise had to change through the colours on its own to heal but I wanted to try it to find out if my grandmothers remedy would work.
WHAT I THINK
I thought that Arnica cream would help only with the colour of my bruises and how bad they looked on my skin but another very good thing about it is that it stops my bruises from aching and being very tender to touch. Most of the bruises I have put Arnica cream on have been inside my elbow and I move my arms a lot when I am at work so they got very sore in the day. I used the cream very often and it helped a lot and I was very happy for that. I have used it on my daughters also when they fall and bruise themselves and I am always glad that I can do a good thing for them when they are hurt because the bruises heel up very much quicker when I use this cream comparing to the times when I have run out and not been able to go and buy some more.
The cream is pleasing to use because it is thick but very soft so it is easy to apply gently to my bruises. It does not rub in very quick and I do not know why because the texture of it feels like it is going to be a cream that would be fast to absorb but it is not.
Boots Arnica cream costs about £4.50 and I think that is value because you do not have to use very much every time you apply it so it lasts for a long time. I will buy it always because it is a very good product to keep when someone in your family hurts themselves.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
My children and I have all inherited my mum's fair complexion and all of us bruise like peaches at the slightest of contacts. I was a clumsy child (and to be fair, I'm also a clumsy adult!) and I remember my mum always having a tube of arnica cream in the first aid box for whenever I fell over my own feet and landed on top of a table. Which happened more often than you might think! After moving out and getting married I didn't give arnica much thought because I had become slightly more stable on my feet and didn't have cause to use it, until I became pregnant with our first son. As with most pregnant women I had to undergo quite a few blood tests. To make matters worse midwives, nurses, doctors, phlebotomists... all of them struggle to get any blood out of me and so it would take several attempts in both arms to get what they needed, leaving my arms black and blue. After seeing my arms my mum recommended the trusty old arnica gel. In the past my mum had always used a branded version (Nelson's if I remember correctly) but I bought Boots own brand for around £4ish for a 30g tube.
The cream comes in a typical tube and you just squeeze out enough to cover the desired area. The cream is quite thick but not greasy as it isn't gel based. The scent isn't overly strong, and disappears fairly quickly so you don't smell like you've been applying nappy cream. The directions instructed to rub it in the area gently and it didn't take long until it had soaked into the skin. I was concerned that it would rub away easily and not be that effective because my bruising was in the crease of my elbow but once it was allowed to sink in it was able to work its magic. The cream is quite cold when you apply it which is actually a nice sensation when the bruise is still sore and tender.
The next morning I was happy to see that it worked just as well as the old cream my mum used to use. The darkness of the bruise had begun to fade and become more yellow in colour. Within two days the bruise had almost faded to yellow completely whereas usually I'm left with a blue/black bruise for at least 3-4 days. It's not a miracle cream, it doesn't make the bruise completely disappear, but it certainly helps speed up the process.
I was that impressed with the power of arnica, I took the oral tablets (with midwife approval!) after giving birth to my second son to help speed up the healing process and help with the bruising and tenderness. I didn't fancy using the cream since it's not to be applied on broken skin and my whole body felt like it had been through a car crash so I didn't dare make anything worse! I'm not sure how much it helped as my eldest son was born by caesarean section so I had nothing to compare it to. However I did feel more like myself in a few days after taking the arnica, so perhaps I should be thankful to the arnica for that.
I now always have a tube of arnica cream in my first aid box for whenever my boys have a bump. It's known as one of the many "special creams" I have in there along with sudocrem and metanium. As soon as one of my sons hurts themselves I apply the cream to help reduce any bruising. My 4 year old thinks it's magic and will only stop crying once it's applied!
So would I recommend it? Most definitely. It's reasonably priced and does work. A must have for any first aid box.
My Gran swore by Arnica cream, she used to need a lot of injections and blood tests and ended up with large unsightly bruises on many occasions. When I had my son I used the tablets but when I ended up falling heavily and had a bruise covering the whole of my thigh she prompted me to get down to Boots and pick up their version which she said was slightly cheaper than the branded version.
*~* What Is Arnica? *~*
To me it sounded like a herbal remedy and after some research I found that it is of sorts. It comes from the Arnica plant which has been used since back in the 16th Century. Europeans used to use it to soothe stomach and skin problems before the Native Americans began to use it for muscle relief. In today's society it is mostly used for sprains, strains and bruising. It can be bought in both cream form as well as tablet form but this review will focus on the cream used for external use.
*~* Price And Availability *~*
As this is a Boots branded product it is only available online and instore however if ordering online you should be aware there is a delivery charge and there is also a £20 minimum spend if ordering to collect in store. I paid around the £4.50 mark for a 30g tube which might seem a bit expensive but if it worked I was happy enough.
*~* Packaging *~*
The tube comes contained within a cardboard box which also harbours an instruction leaflet however the box contains all the vital information you need to have such as usage, contact information, ingredients etc. The packaging is plain and simple but to be honest I wasn't that bothered by what it looked like as long as it did the job.
*~* Using The Cream *~*
Using the cream was very simple. You remove the screw cap and there's a foil layer that needs to be removed but it's easily done. It came out of the tube easily, neither too thick nor too thin. It was really the perfect consistency. I also liked that it didn't feel greasy as creams sometimes can do. There was no real smell to it, perhaps a whiff of something chemical like but nothing that is persistent or long lasting. I rubbed gently into the bruise and it mostly absorbed quickly although there was almost a film left over to slowly sink in. During the time of using this cream I work loose fitting linen trousers and it didn't rub off and negate to do the job which I was pleased about. My skin felt soothed and moisturised and the bruise did feel better after use.
*~* The Results *~*
After using the cream for just a day I noticed that the bruise was rapidly changing colour and getting darker much quicker than I thought it would have. Within 48 hours majority of the dark colour had faded to the ugly yellow colouring which stayed there for a good week at least. I stopped using the cream after the bruise turned yellow as it was no longer sore or needing soothed so I felt it was a waste.
Overall I was really pleased with the results. The bruise healed much quicker than it would have if I hadn't used the cream. I only had to use this twice daily for 48 hours before the pain and dark colouring had subsided and I know from experience that bruises like this can takes weeks to leave. I was sceptical if it would really work but it done exactly as it should have and I am really pleased. Although I feel it is a little overpriced it's worth it and a little really does go a long way. I have used this a few times since I first got it and there is barely a dent in the tube so I am really happy with it and I'd definitely buy it again.
I have often heard people speak of the miracles that Arnica cream can work although I never felt I had a need to buy some for myself. However, I have recently had my cast removed that was sheltering my poor broken foot to discover that it is still terribly bruised, swollen and bloomin sore! I figured that now would be a good time to give arnica a go and so asked my partner if he'd get me some while he was in town. I expected him to come back with Nelson's Arnicare as that was the brand I had seen on the shelves in the shops but he brought Boots' own brand which cost £4.25 for a 30g tube. I trust Boots' own products so didn't mind that it wasn't the brand I was expecting.
I unscrewed the white lid and used the pointy bit on the lid to pierce the foil covering the tip of the tube. The cream is white with a blueish tinge and is cold when it hits your skin. The directions on the box say to 'rub in gently' to bruised areas, otherwise it hurts I suppose, and it says it is for the symptomatic treatment of bruises. Sounded good to me!
I squeezed a little onto my fingers and rubbed, gently into the sore, visibly bruised areas of my foot. The cream took some working in as it stayed white for a long time while rubbing in. I applied the cream at night time before bed and wore a sock in bed as I felt it might rub off onto the sheets even though I had rubbed it in so it wasn't visible any more. The cream doesn't have a perfume as such, it smells a bit like nappy cream but less medicinal. A pleasant scent, I think. The cream is not to be used on broken skin.
I applied the cream the following night (last night) and slept in a sock again. When I had a look this morning, the particularly nasty bruise on the sole of my foot had faded a great deal and my foot didn't feel nearly as swollen when I had my slippers on! I couldn't believe the difference and how quickly it had happened. I am sure it is the cream that has done it and I am keen to keep using it and will use it on any other bruising I may end up with.
I am not sure how it works, but I am very glad that it does and hope that it will accelerate my recovery from breaking my foot.
Arnica is a fascinating product. I first heard about it when playing football I picked up a bang on the leg, which resulted in a huge bruise about the size of my whole thigh muscle. My manager at the time advised that I apply some Arnica cream to the bruise as this would help to speed up the healing process. I have to admit that I was extremely dubious and sceptical, but I did as I was told anyway.
I have to say that I was astounded by the results, as the bruise developed very quickly, much quicker than if nature was left to her own devices and then healed in no time at all.
Arnica preparations when used have been shown in tests to act as an anti-inflammatory to swollen areas. It has also been shown to assist the body's normal healing processes by facilitating the transport of blood and fluid accumulations through an opening action of "subcutaneous blood capillaries" which means the capillaries just under the skin are made wider to help blood flow.
However, apparently Arnica can be quite dangerous as it contains a toxin called helenalin which can be poisonous if large quantities are eaten, so if ingested internally, helenalin produces severe gastroenteritis, and internal bleeding of the digestive tract if enough material is ingested. Sounds pretty nasty. My advice - do not ingest it!
I have not seen the Arnica plant, but according to the internet it is a perennial that grows to a height of 1 - 2 feet with yellow-orange flowers similar to daisies. The stems are round and hairy, ending in one to three flower stalks, with flowers 2 - 3 inches across. The leaves are bright green.
If you are buying Arnica to use externally, you can buy it in cream or ointment forms. It is most commonly prepared as a solution, which can also be used as the base for compresses and poultices (an herbal compress is a cloth that has been soaked in a heated or cold herbal extract and a poultice is when you soak something in the herb and apply it warm to the skin). Arnica oil may also be used in preparations that you will use externally, although I have not seen this, as I have only ever used the cream.
It is important to note that when used externally or in a homeopathic remedy, arnica does not interact with any conventional medications, so it is perfectly safe so long as you do not ingest it.
You can pick up a tube of arnica in boots for £5.09.
Go to http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/arnica-000222.htm for some more information, I got some information from here.
Arnica bruise relief
On a recent quad biking experience, Little Miss managed to crash into a tree and fall down a ditch. Thankfully, apart from a small cut and some HUGE bruises, she was fine, and even went quad biking again.
The bruises were of some concern to me because not only was the big one on her leg causing her some discomfort, but they looked awful. I had heard about arnica being good for bruises, but never having used it before, I did a little bit of a finding out exercise before rushing out to buy it.
WHAT IS IT?
Arnica (Arnica montana) has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and remains popular today to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds and it is often the first remedy used for injuries such as sprains and bruises. Arnica in herbal form is primarily restricted to external use because it can cause serious side effects when taken internally, however, prolonged use may irritate the skin, causing eczema, peeling, blisters, or other skin conditions.
So, it sounds ok, and if it's being used for that long, then it can't do any harm given that she wasn't going to be taking it internally or for long periods of time.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The 30g tube of cream comes in a box with all the instructions on the back of the box as well as an information leaflet inside the box. It tells me what i had already read about arnica, that it is used for the symptomatic treatment of bruises and that it can be used on adults and children.
I open the tube and break open the seal, and find that the cream is white with a very faint paraffin smell. When I apply it to the skin, it does take some rubbing in, probably because of the paraffin, which I imagine makes it lie on the skin.
This is for external use only and should not be used on broken skin. If the bruised person is not allergic to any of the ingredients, then it should be applied gently to the bruised area; this is especially important because it doesn't get absorbed easily into the skin, so no vigorous rubbing!
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Available online at www.boots.com or instore, this cost £4.25 for a 30g tube of the stuff, but it does go a long way.
I was quite doubtful as to how this would actually work and in fact still don't know how it does what it does. However, within a couple of days a bruise which was absolutely enormous and very sore had subsided into nothing more than a faint mark. Having read the warnings about the possible side effects we did use it only twice a day for two days and once the bruise was well and truly on its way out, we stopped using it.
Although I was sceptical about it actually working, I don't think that a bruise of that size would have gone down so quickly, and so I will certainly use it again if anyone gets bruises.
This is highly recommended if not understood.
Thanks for reading.
I first bought this cream when I was in the later stages of pregnancy with my son. I had read somewhere that Arnica cream can be used to reduce perineum bruising following childbirth. As a first time mum who was anxious enough about childbirth anything that would help me recover was bought especially as this seemed preferable to sitting on a cushion for a few weeks. Anyway one caesarean section later this was consigned to the bathroom cabinet for future use. Fast forward 9 months and my young son was crawling and cruising and generally bumping into bits of furniture or toppling forward and getting the odd lump and bruise. I remembered I had this cream. So the next time my son had a bump I immediately went and got this cream and applied it. The results were fabulous now because this is dooyoo you will want more than its just fabulous so here goes.
What is Arnica and why use it?
Arnica Montana is also known as "Leopard's Bane", "mountain tobacco" and "sneezewort". Now is it just me or does this make it sound like something out of Harry Potter! It is found mainly in the mountains of Europe and in Siberia, the homeopathic remedy is made from the dried roots or sometimes the dried flowers of the plant.
Arnica works by stimulating the activity of white blood cells, these are the cells process congested blood, and dispersing trapped fluids inbumped and bruised tissue. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualitieswhich are said to help reduce pain and swelling as well as improving wound healing.
The cream comes a metallic tube within a cardboard box. As with most creams I would recommend you check that the top of the cream hasn't being pierced before buying. The top of the tube turns around for you to pierce the tube to squeeze out a bit of cream.
The cream itself is a lovely white colour; there is very little odour or smell to the cream that I can detect when applying this. The cream is a respectable thick consistency and doesn't run off your fingertips as you apply it. Because it is thick you really only need a small amount of this cream. It absorbs well into the skin, though if I put too much on my son is often left with a thin film of cream on his bump. They recommend that you apply the cream three times a day for it too be most effective for a few days after the bump and bruise. Whilst I find this helps I have noticed that it is most effective if you can apply the cream immediately after the bump. As on the occasions I have applied it later that day if he has had a bump at nursery and so I am applying the cream 4-5 hours later for example it doesn't seem to work quite as well at reducing the swelling and aiding the healing process. I have found that applying this cream to my son's lumps and bumps has helped taken down the swelling. Now because I don't know if its just the effect of me doing something for the lump or not I can't really say if it takes the pain away for him or not. But I do know that he does calm down quicker from a bump if I put this cream on it straight away.
When I have used this cream I have found it to be helpful and it has aided in the healing process. I have also used it on bug bites and have found the swelling and inflammation as gone away sooner than if I had done nothing to them.
Once the cream is opened it can be just stored at normal room temperature and doesn't have to be used within a set time e.g. "Once opened use within a month". Provided it is still in date you can use from opening it till the cream runs out.
What is in it?
As I know some people need to know the ingredients especially if they have skin problems here is everything in this cream:
Arnica Montana Tincture is the active ingredient.
Also in the cream is:
Purified water, white soft paraffin, Cetearyl Alcohol,PEG-20, Stearate, Methyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E218) Honey, Propyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E216)
This cream is only available from Boots and cost £4.25 for a 30-gram tube.
Though not cheap initially for a 30 gram tube I would recommend it as it lasts for ages as you only need a small amount, and it does in my opinion reduce swelling and aid the healing process.
An arnica cream for the symptomatic treatment of bruises.