Recently, many people have asked our opinion on "arnica for horses" and its alleged miraculous healing power. Let's try to analyse this topic.
Do you eat kibble for dogs?
What we first need to bear in mind is the difference between a cosmetic product and a veterinary product.
As stated in Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated November 30th, 2009 on cosmetic products, a cosmetic product is "any substance or mixture intended to be applied to the external surfaces of the human body (epidermis, hair system and hair, nails, lips, external genital organs) or to the teeth and the mucous membranes of the mouth with a view exclusively or mainly to cleaning them, perfuming them, changing their appearance, protecting them, keeping them in good condition and correcting body odours".
So why is "Arnica for horses" not sold in pharmacies, herbalist's shops, or perfumeries along with "Arnica for humans"? Simple, because "Arnica for horses" is not a cosmetic product intended for the human body.
On the other hand, when you see an advertisement for pet food, even if it is made with tempting, top-quality ingredients, do you want to eat it? Or if you read about a super-cleaning and moisturising dog shampoo, would you try it? No, because it is meant for them.
The same applies to an Arnica cream/gel. As in the world of food, in the world of health and beauty there are good products for humans and good products for animals, but it is important to understand that each one has their own.
Have you ever used "Arnica for horses" thinking there could be nothing better? This is surely because you have never tried Arnica by ARMO1191
As we have already mentioned in a previous article, which you can read here, we must be careful not to be misled by the wording on labels, which is often deceptive and leads us to make purchases that later turn out not to be up to our expectations.
It is always important to read the INCI (the list of ingredients) and try to understand how and with what that product has been made, without dwelling on the appearance of an attractive label.
We expose ourselves face-first for this very reason. On our website and in our social channels you can find all the necessary information about our raw materials and the relevant processing stages. If you have the pleasure of visiting us in the summer at our Piancavallo (PN) farm, we will be happy to answer all your questions.
Choose what you smear on yourself carefully
Mountain Arnica is an invaluable and precious plant. Unfortunately, it does not grow in the home garden like weeds, and its presence on mountain pastures is increasingly at risk.
For this reason, we should ask ourselves whether those who offer us large packages of arnica products at advantageous prices have really paid attention to the quality of what they are offering, or whether they have had no qualms about using 'chemical shortcuts'. There is usually an explanation when one product costs more than another.
In recent years, we have learned to choose what we eat, where it comes from and how it is processed very carefully. Why shouldn't we do the same with what we choose to apply on our bodies? After all, it is always about the health of our bodies and the sustainability with which things are made.
Choose with confidence from now on, choose ARMO1191!