Family First Aid: Arnicare Gel & Calendula Cream
Boiron Arnicare Gel and Calendula Cream are essentials in the Cohn family medicine cabinet. See how this active family uses these first aid medicines to help relieve their everyday muscles aches, pain and bruises as well as minor skin irritations and learn how they can make a difference for your family too.
As an ultra-runner and obstacle course racer, Arnicare Gel/Cream has become essential in my race recovery routine. After a grueling race, I typically experience muscle soreness and bruises. I am convinced that if not for using Arnicare, I would not recover as quickly. I am not quick to offer my opinion on products, as everyone has varying opinions on what works (or doesn’t work), but I would recommend Arnicare Gel/Cream hands-down as an important part of any racer’s regime.– Laura L., West Chester, Pa.
Two years ago I started using Arnicare and really liked it … it seems [like] everyday I meet someone with pain and tell them about it … I started telling friends about it … [and] now [half of them are] using it and singing praises of how great it is and thanking me. – Gloria B., Jasper, Ind.
During the 1950’s and ’60’s, arnica was the “smelly liquid in the little brown bottle” that was applied with a cotton ball whenever … [us] … kids got bumps and bruises! Because my father was a pharmacist … our medicine cabinet [was always stocked] … We went through many bottles of arnica growing up … still today, arnica is my quick miracle … [to help reduce discoloration from] bruising, [and relieve] sore muscles. Arnica has come a long way over the years – no more brown bottles, stinky smell, or needed cotton balls. The convenience of Arnicare in pellet, gel or cream form is easy to use, no scent, and still has the medicinal … [effect] … I remember … Thanks, Boiron! – Melody R.
I hit my hand with a comb and thought, “Well, here comes a bruise.” Then I remembered the Arnicare Gel. It is a miracle! The bruise never fully developed and now I keep no less than 3 tubes in the house and one with me at all times. Thank you, so very much. Your product is a godsend! – Toni D., Escalon, Calif.
I recently had oral surgery. I applied Arnicare gel to [the outside area of] my jaw three times a day for the first 3 days, starting immediately when I got home. I had NO swelling or bruising! This was a first, and such a relief. I will recommend this product to all of my friends! I KNOW that it made the difference! – Chris B.
One of the other parents recommended Arnicare Gel to rub on their sore muscles and bruises. We gave it a try. Wow, it is amazing! The girls love how it goes on cool and soothing. It has drastically reduced their sore muscles and helps heal bruises very quickly. We carry a tube in each of their first aid kits. We have recommended this product to all our dance friends and everyone loves it. Thank you for making such a great product! We will never be without it. – Lisa C., Columbus, Ohio
My granddaughter introduced me to Arnicare gel, cream, and ointment which I have used for a couple of years for muscle pain and stiffness. After falling and sustaining a bruise on my forehead I used the Arnicare gel and Arnica 30c tablets to reduce the bruising and pain. I am a definite believer in the products and wouldn’t do without them. – Nelwyn H., Sunset, La.
I just hurt my ankle a day ago and it has been agonizing. I remembered I had a tiny bit left of your Arnicare Gel. Well I have used it twice and the pain is almost gone! The pain has been cut by 50 percent. I swear by this product. It even cut the bruising already within two applications! – Joann C., Utica, N.Y.
My favorite of Boiron’s Arnica products are the Arnica 30C pellets. As advised for adults and children 2 years of age and older, I dissolved 5 pellets under the tongue 3 times a day at the onset of my symptoms and until they are relieved. These pellets stand up to their claim to temporarily relieve muscle pain and stiffness…Bottom line: I love these and believe that if you’re a struggler with muscle or joint pain, you will, too! – Christina S., “The Clean Method”
“I can’t remember who recommended Arnicare Gel, but ever since, I have been a huge fan! I keep a tube on the side of my bed, I travel with it, and every time someone says they have pain, swelling or bruising, I recommend they try Arnicare Gel because it was such a source of pain relief for me. Every time I go on a trip to see family/friends, I bring at least eight tubes to give to them so they can get the relief I have gotten. Thank you for such a great product!” – Vilma S., Denver, Colo.
“I work all day standing on my feet, and my feet and legs get extremely sore by the end of the day. Almost as soon as I put Arnicare on, the pain is gone. Miracle product!” – Sally F., Auburn, Ala.
Colette B.’s mother took a very bad fall, but check out her progress applying Arnicare Gel to her swollen, bruised face for two weeks!
“Arnicare works! I don’t leave home without it. I carry it in my purse and in my CamelBak. If I bump into a random corner or fall off my bike onto a rock, I have it handy to put it on right away. The swelling goes down quickly. I then apply it three times a day throughout the life of the bruise, which is dramatically decreased in both pain and intensity. Thanks for making such a great product!” – Becky G., Austin, Texas
“On March 31, my husband fell while trimming a tree 25 feet high. His massive injuries were life-threatening, and he was critical for a week and spent an additional week in rehab. When he came home, he was terribly sore with massive bruising covering his entire body. I rubbed him down with Arnicare Gel twice a day as it seemed that was the only thing that helped his soreness and made him able to sleep. It has even promoted healing of his bruising. I have gone through 6 tubes of Arnicare in 10 days and soon will be going out to buy more. Thank God for Arnicare.” – Carol Y., Plant City, Fl.
“Recently, my husband pulled a muscle in his foot. He was limping around for over a week. A friend recommended Arnicare. He got relief almost immediately. Today, I smacked my knee into a drawer handle; it was a hard hit. Later, after lunch, it hurt with each step. I decided to try Arnicare. Oh my goodness, it really worked! In minutes, the pain is gone, and I am back to work. I sent an email with a photo of the product to friends and family. I do not usually endorse products, but this one really works.” – Kathalynn T., Las Vegas, Nev.
“I am constantly getting bruises from wrestling, yard work and general clumsiness. A few months ago, one of my friends recommended Arnicare Cream, Gel and Tablets. I was pleasantly surprised by how much faster my bruises heal when using these products. I highly recommend Arnicare to anyone who wants to quickly get rid of bruises. It made a huge difference for me.” – Mari M., Sacramento, Calif.
“My papa used Arnicare Gel all the time and gave it to my son when he had a skiing accident and hurt his shoulder. My son put the gel on and went to bed, and when he woke up, he had zero pain. I use it now all the time on my shoulders (I type for a living), and it helps tremendously. Within an hour, I don’t notice the pain so much. Arnicare Gel is really great!” – Vickie B., Seattle, Wash.
“I love using your muscle pain relief gel. I am a dancer, and I get bruises and sore muscles frequently. I use Arnicare Gel before bed every night, and it really works! I can definitely feel it working. The pain has reduced significantly each night since I’ve been using it.”-Emily H., Colorado Springs, Colo.
“My sincerest thank you for creating such an amazing product! My son tripped and fell into a window sill. He had a substantial bruise and a little swelling. I applied Arnicare Gel right away. Later the same day, he fell and bumped his head in the same exact spot on the sidewalk curb. There was immediate swelling to the size of a golf ball! I applied Arnicare and was sure that the huge bump and bruise was not going to go away anytime soon. I applied the gel one more time before my son went to bed. This morning, when he woke up, the bump and bruise was almost gone! I couldn’t t believe my eyes! To say that Arnicare Gel is a miracle gel is an understatement. Thank you so much!”– Josiane D., Upland, Calif.
“I’ve been using Arnica since the mid-1950s. I was on a vacation with my parents and twisted my ankle in Tahquamenon Falls, Michigan. My ankle/foot swelled up like a balloon, and I could barely walk on it. My parents said, “We need some Arnica,” and went to a store and got some. I rubbed it on, and the very next day, the swelling seemed to have subsided, and I was able to walk around and enjoy the rest of my vacation with my parents!” – Larry J., San Mateo, Calif.
Suzette T. from New Orleans, La. suffered a terrible accident, but after three weeks of applying Arnicare Gel around her eye and taking oral Arnica pellets, her bruising is almost gone!
“I was in the process of moving a double-size wooden box spring from a mattress set. I dropped the box spring on the top of my bare foot from a two-foot-tall bed frame. Needless to say, it hurt like crazy, until I remembered the Arnicare I keep on handy in my massage office. I hobbled in there and rubbed some onto the already swollen and bruised top of my foot. I also took 5 Arnica pellets before I went to bed that night. I woke up the next day to no swelling, no discoloration and very little pain. Excellent product!!!” –Ann G., certified health coach & licensed massage therapist, Smithville, Mo.
“About 2 weeks ago, I was at a friend’s house. I was looking for the bathroom, and instead, I accidentally opened the basement door and fell down a flight of stairs. I was black and blue, bleeding and had a swollen ankle and bruised knees. A couple of friends recommended I try Arnicare. I am not a big homeopathic kind of person but I thought I would give it a try. The next day, I saw results. My bruising decreased significantly, my wounds were smaller, and I could flex my injured foot. I am a true believer in this product. I can’t believe I never heard of it before. It should be an American household product. Thanks for making such an amazing product!” –Anonymous, Denver, Colo.
“I must express my overwhelming positive results with Arnicare Gel! I was hit by a golf ball in my right tricep muscle just above the elbow. I had ruptured a blood vessel that resulted in immediate swelling, a significant amount of pain and unfathomable bruising. I would love to share the photos, as many of my distant relatives and colleagues could not understand how my description of my bruising could be that bad. Upon seeing the photo, they responded in shock. Also, while out in public, people would see my arm and respond in horror to the bruise. I hope this paints the picture of how serious my condition was. I began using Arnicare Gel three times a day and once during the night, as my injury would awaken me. The application brought immediate relief to the area. I did not want to take oral pain relievers as a solution, and this was an outstanding, natural substitute. A week has passed, and my once black and blue arm (I teased that I got a “sleeve tattoo”) has now only one 2″ x 1/4″ bruise. Wow! Absolutely exceeded my expectations!!! I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone. I purchased a second tube to keep on hand in my medicine cabinet for stiff muscles from my workouts and any future needs with my kids. Thank you Boiron!” -Gina V., Minn.
“I was walking on our 25-year-old deck. It has been deteriorating for the last few years. One of my feet popped through a board and went to the ground 1 1/2 feet below! The deck left a 9″x5″ bruise on the inside of my lower leg. I posted my bruise on Facebook, and a friend recommended Arnicare. I had never heard of it but was willing to try anything. I applied it two times a day, and the bruise was completely gone in one week!” -Dawn O., Redmond, Wash.
“I wanted to give praise to this company for creating a great product. For the longest time, my 72-year-old grandmother relied on other rubs to relieve her back pain. Unfortunately, the pain only subsided for a while. Finding a good pain reliever was tough. Then, one day, we went to a health food store and discovered Arnicare Cream. She tried it out and immediately fell in love! Not only is it mess- and smell-free, but it gives her the relief she needs throughout the day. So again, I wanted to say thank you for creating an amazing product that really works for my grandmother. She appreciates it just as much, too!” -Amanda K., Sacramento, Calif.
“I’m a seasoned triathlete who has more than earned the nickname ‘Crash’—let’s just say I have a habit of crashing my bike and my body. I have tried every healing remedy on the market from good old RICE to prescription ointments. The one and only product that really helped me heal was Arnicare. Overnight, my bruises lighten, and my swelling is reduced significantly. I stand by this product 100%; it has gotten me to every starting line.” –Danielle Cardillo, West Babylon, N.Y.
“I was attending the AORN 60th Congress in San Diego earlier this March. The floor of the exhibit hall was uneven, and on the first day, I slipped & fell, hurting my left wrist. (I had just received a sample of Arnicare Gel from your booth & had it on hand). My friend (from Puerto Rico) told me that her mom always has Arnica in their home. She suggested that I apply some of the gel. My wrist was swollen & bruised by then. That night, I applied some ice, and before I went to bed, I applied the gel to my wrist & sure enough, the swelling went down & the bruising was gone! I still felt some discomfort but no sign of bruising by the time the conference ended. Thanks! I mentioned your product to my colleague when I returned to work, and she went online to check it out.” —Wilhelmina B., Wheaton, Ill.
“I just want to let people know that Boiron Arnicare is a great product. A few years back, I sprained my ankle very badly and had bruising up my whole calf, ankle and foot. I was stuck on crutches for about 2 ½ weeks, and my college professor, also a chiropractor, recommended I get Arnicare Gel from this company to help with the bruising, pain and swelling. I went out and bought it, even though I was skeptical of a homeopathic treatment such as this. But it helped so much! Now here I am about four years later, with a bad ankle sprain yet again, and I’m heading to the nearest health food store to pick up this magical gel! I tell everyone about it whenever they’re injured with bruising, and now I see a full line of products on this site–I will be looking into using more of them!! Thanks (from me and my poor ankle)!” —Candace C., Queens, NY
“I had cosmetic injectables that caused quite a bit of facial bruising. I resisted the RN’s advice to use Arnicare because I thought I’d be fine, but after three days of having a black bruise, I decided to give it a try. Our whole office has been marveling at the fact that in ONE DAY, my bruise has faded from black to blue to brown to yellow and is now a faint discoloration. I don’t know if these results are typical but WOW. Just–wow. ” —Virginia W., St. Louis, Mo.
“I fell off my bike and hit the sidewalk, I had a deep bruise on my buttocks the size of saucer. The doctor said it would take six months for the bruise to go away. My daughter referred me to Arnicare Gel. Thank goodness, as the bruise was all but gone within two to three weeks, and my doctor was amazed. Thank you so much! ” —Anna P., Queen Creek, Ariz.
“I tripped over a planter last week and landed face-first into an asphalt parking lot. I was taken to the emergency room via ambulance for medical treatment. Thankfully, there were no broken bones, but I had a huge hematoma on my left cheek and bruising with pulled ligaments in my left shoulder. The next day, my face was very swollen and painful. My daughter suggested Arnicare Gel for the swelling and pain. I was hesitant but decided to purchase the gel. It has been one week since my accident, and my face looks remarkably better. The pain in my face and shoulder is much better, and the bruising and swelling are markedly improved. I’m totally sold! I recommend this product to anyone who has pain or swelling, and I think you will find, like I did, that your purchase will be well worth it! —Cindy S., Simi Valley, Calif.
“I had a spinal cord injury in 2006, due to a MRSA abscess on my spinal cord. I was paralyzed for six months, in a wheelchair, then progressed to a walker. I now can walk fairly well with assistance, but have lost much of my balance. Due to this problem, I fall quite often and bruise very easily, so many of my bruises are very painful, huge and purple. I was living with this [pain] until recently, when I was at the health food store, and someone suggested Arnicare Gel. I had tried many other products that didn’t work, but I was amazed at the results from [Arnicare]! My bruising & the pain was relieved quickly. Thank you so much, I will buy this product forever. You have helped me so much!”—Dee R., Geneva, Ill.
“Arnicare Gel is just what I need. The clear gel isn’t sticky or greasy. I don’t notice any odor, and it absorbs into my skin quickly. The coolness feels nice instantly and within a few moments – poof! – my aches and pains are significantly reduced. I’ve used it for muscle aches and strains and for bruises. This is my go-to product for fast pain relief. If you experience aches and pains, Arnicare is worth checking out.”—Valerie M., Silverado, Calif.
“My family has used Arnicare for almost 10 years. We started using it when my husband injured his knee and had to have surgery. His recovery wasn’t going too well until a friend told us about Arnicare. It helped him so much, and we have used it faithfully since. We have given it to many family members and friends that have also been helped. Thank you so much for a wonderful product!”—Angie R., Winston Salem, N.C.
“I was actually introduced to the wonders of Arnicare many years ago by my best friend (and former college roommate). She swore by the stuff, and when I got a HUGE bruise on my leg – I had lost a fight with a futon – she said I needed to get some. This bruise hurt like crazy and it was gigantic, taking up almost the entire region from my knee to my calf, and I would’ve done anything to get rid of it and the aching pain. So I bought my first bottle of Arnicare…and never went back. Not only did it ease the pain, but the bruise was gone in record time. I also bruise pretty easily, but all I need to do is to dab on a little Arnicare a few times a day and it goes away. I now make sure my house is equipped with Arnicare Gel at all times! Any family with small kids, any person who is accident prone, anyone with sore muscles…really everyone needs Arnicare.”—Elana K., Brighton, Mass.
“I used to wait before giving arnica, thinking it was wise to see if it was actually needed. But once at church I watched a friend’s preschooler run full tilt into a solid oak pew and smash his forehead. She gave him arnica without a pause. We watched a bright blue bump emerge from the forehead but in a half hour, the bruise, swelling and pain were gone! Then, when my own toddler fell down the stairs onto the wood floor, I grabbed the arnica first thing. I saw the same results–an instant bright blue bruise forming that disappeared, leaving behind a happy, smiling girl. I don’t wait anymore, and I make sure I have arnica in the first aid kit, the diaper bag and my purse so that we are never without it.”—Melissa N., Aurora, Colo.
“I’ve been using Arnicare for several weeks now, and I’m very pleased to report that it does offer noticeable relief from muscle pain and soreness. It’s basically become part of my daily routine. At night before putting my tired and sore body to bed, I rub Arnicare Gel on the tender spots, and when I wake in the morning I feel better than the night before.”—Michelle M., Clarksville, Tenn.
“Just a couple of weeks ago, we met some friends at the park for a play date. My three-year-old didn’t have any major upsetting falls that were brought to my attention, but after we returned home, I noticed a huge bump and bruise on her shin. It was bothering her, so I simply applied the Arnicare Gel that evening and a couple of times the next day. It worked like magic! Soreness was lessened, as well as the huge bruise. The gel has been my best friend these days with getting our house market ready. I have all sorts of bruises that have appeared, not to mention sore and aching sides/back from lifting and lugging boxes and furniture all over my house.”
—Denise D., Boulder, Colo.
“I was pleasantly surprised at the effectiveness of Arnicare Gel. After a day of working in the garden, I was very sore the next day. The back of my legs and my shoulders ached. I applied Arnicare to the stiff and sore areas, and pretty much immediately, the stiffness was relieved enough that it wasn’t painful. The soreness lingered, but the Arnicare greatly improved it with repeated uses. When I applied the gel, it felt cool on my skin. It spread very easily and absorbed quickly, without any lingering stickiness or greasiness.”—Alissabeth T., Wetumpka, Ala.
“Arnica is like a small miracle when you are in pain. For the past 18 years, I’ve been working with thousands of athletes, both professional and dedicated non-professionals. I teach people how to do deep muscle self-treatments to release muscle spasms, and I always tell them to finish the treatments by using ample amounts of Arnicare Gel on the affected areas. When the athletes are participating in marathons, ultra cycling events, and other endurance races, I advise them to have a tube of Arnicare in their pack and to use it frequently.”—Julie Donnelly, L.M.T., Author of “Treat Yourself to Pain-Free Living”
“This product is so wonderful. I have talked several friends into using it, and they all swear by it too. Any pain on your body—anywhere—use it.”—Mary W., Tacoma, Wash.
“I have been fortunate over the years to remain relatively injury-free (at least up until the last five years – life is cruel!). These injuries, though longer to heal, have all been recoverable. I attribute my ability to continue to play soccer (with guys 15 years younger) to a unique combination of critical lifestyle components. On the recommendation of my wife, Laura, who is an integrative clinical nutritionist, I consume an anti-inflammatory, gluten-free diet, always stretch before games, get regular aerobic exercise, and use Boiron homeopathic remedies. Specifically, I find that an inside-out strategy works best – 30C pellets of Arnica by mouth along with a topical application of Arnicare Gel for muscle pain relief. I chose to use the homeopathic approach instead of NSAIDs [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs] because of the zero side effect profile, and because I believe in using the natural powers of the human body to heal itself.”—Stephen L., New York, NY