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Want fast safe natural pain relief? Wonder if Arnica creams or herbal cures actually work? Here’s what you need to know.

Do Arnica Cream or Herbal Creams actually work?

Are you skeptical that Arnica cream and other herbal creams actually work? Or do you wonder how do they work for natural pain relief? How do they help with healing sprains, strains, muscle and joint injury or bruising?

Are you trying to find natural pain relief options that are safe for you and all your family? Or an effective fast acting anti-inflammatory cream for sports injuries?

Are you wondering about the serious health risks of using NSAID drugs like ibuprofen or diclofenac (such as Voltaren or Nurofen?)

Do you want to know if Arnica Cream is safe during pregnancy? Or good to use on young children?

Do you want to know about the 3 stage healing process for all types of muscle and joint injuries and how you can help it?


Read on…. Here’s all the information about why Rapid Recovery Cream is the perfect safe effective and natural pain relief anti-inflammatory bruise cream and healing remedy for everyone in the family – naturally!

Rapid Recovery -natural pain relief creams that help you heal.

The first question is do Arnica Creams (or other herbal creams) actually work?

The quick answer is absolutely yes! It’s very possible to get fast, safe & natural pain relief and fast anti-inflammatory relief. But you must choose herbal creams with the right active ingredients, and the right quantity of active ingredients.

Our advice? Read the label and choose a product with highly effective levels of proven natural ingredients.

The most important thing to check out is the way the Arnica ingredient is processed. For example – you will want to choose those products with Arnica flower tincture (NOT the cheaper Arnica flower oil or Arnica extract).

Only Arnica montana flower tincture has the active phytochemical called Helenalin. This is the potent, proven, highly active anti-inflammatory which stops bruising & swelling and also has strong immune stimulant properties, to speed up your natural healing process.

Arnica flower extracted in oil is not very active – as the vital phytochemical helenalin is a polar molecule which means it is not oil soluble. Products with Arnica oil extract will have only the helenalin esters which are roughly 1/20th of the strength of Helenalin so much, much weaker than hydroalcoholic tinctures.

And it has to be from the Arnica flower – Other Arnica extracts which are from Arnica stem or roots won’t work – those parts of the plant does not have high levels of helenalin.

And it has to be Arnica MONTANA – not cheaper Mexican Arnica or other variety’s as these are not high in anti-inflammatory actives.

And it has to be in a cream base that supports transdermal absorption – it’s no good for your healing process if the remedy is an oil or has wax in it as this will leave the active ingredients sitting on the surface.

Better yet choose a product like Rapid Recovery. Made with Arnica montana flower tincture & other ingredients like Comfrey & MSM mineral supporting all aspects of injury healing & repair.

Here’s what you need to know about Arnica…

Arnica comes from the highly regarded Arnica montana plant which is a member of the daisy family. The best quality Arnica is grown at high altitude on stony soil in remote European mountains.

Arnica montana flower is strong natural medicine. When extracted as a hydroalcohoic tincture, it is the only recognidsed source of potent natural anti-inflammatory & immune system support - the phytochemical Helenalin
Arnica montana flower. Only the tincture form has Helenalin – the key active botanical.

For decades now in Europe and more recently in Australia products containing Arnica have been allowed to make significant statements about their benefits including these phrases:

Arnica montana flower:

  • Helps decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of muscle sprain/strain
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve bruise swelling
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of mild arthritis/mild osteoarthritis
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve mild joint inflammation/swelling
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of muscle injury/ailments
  • Analgesic/Anodyne/relieves pain
  • Anti-inflammatory/relieves inflammation
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve mild joint inflammation/swelling
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve bruise swelling and pain.

What is the quality of Nature’s Nurse Arnica product?

Our comparison research shows that Rapid Recovery Cream is the highest quality and quantity of active plant ingredients.

To achieve this we follow this process:

First, we scientifically test Arnica flower for purity (to be certain it’s the right plant).

Then the extraction process begins which can be via oil or in a hydro-alcoholic blend (called a tincture).

This is very important. To be an active product that complies with the German E Commission standards the extract MUST be a hydroalcoholic form. The reason for this is simple: the key phytochemical, Helenalin, is a polar molecule. It is only soluble in alcohol and slightly soluble in water. You might see Arnica oil on some labels – as we said before the key phytochemical Helenalin is Not Soluble AT ALL In Oil.

So, to get effective Arnica cream you must choose an Arnica flower tincture product. And it must be from the flower and grown in high mountainous areas. Arnica extracts from Arnica root or leaf doesn’t contain the potent Helenalin. And if your flower is not grown in rocky alpine meadows, research shows the level of Helenalin is lower.

Also to be effective you have to use enough of the active phytochemicals -which is why we recommend you avoid homeopathic extracts. These use the same base herbal tincture (called the mother tincture) as medical herbalists would use but then are diluted to such a high degree (up to 1 part per billion) they are unlikely to have any effect.

Nature’s Nurse founder is a medical herbalist. Researching and understanding how herbal ingredients work is her absolute passion. Her guiding principles (and our company logo) green cross herbal medicine, that is fast, effective, safe and natural.

We don’t ever cut corners and use cheap ingredients. Everything works together for a complete solution. In many cases our ingredients do double or triple duty -supporting multiple aspects with one ingredient.

We are totally committed to creating premium quality holistic remedies that treat every aspect of common painful and pesky conditions. We use the best botanical ingredients that work with your body systems and help you heal – naturally.

Our Arnica montana flower tincture extract is premium quality.

Our Arnica flower tincture is grown and sustainably wild crafted in remote, pristine European mountains. The therapeutic part plant used is the flower, which is harvested sustainably, when the flowers begin to wilt (which is the peak level for Helenalin). It is extracted in the tincture (hydro-alcoholic) form. And scientific testing now proves the purity, quality and efficacy of the phytochemicals both before and after manufacturing. As with all our ingredients they are research based, made with cGMP practices equal to pharmaceutical ingredients and of the very best quality available.

Arnica flower from the European chemotype, grown in rocky high altitude soil, like the European Alps has the highest amount of the powerful Helenalin active that gives Arnica it's anti-inflammatory action to quickly reduce bruises, swelling & redness and speed up the healing process for common musculoskeletal injury like sprain, strain, contusion, tendon and ligament tears and other common soft tissue damage
European Arnica montana flos. (flower), grown in high alpine conditions, extracted in tincture (hydroalcoholic) form at various strengths with the 1;5 ratio being the strongest. This is the plant variety, part, growing condition and extraction method recognized by the EU Commission of Herbal Medicine as a long standing traditional therapeutic topical remedy for bruising, muscle strains, joint sprains and other acute and painful musculoskeletal injuries, along with relief from insect stings and bites,

“Arnica has a long history of use in Europe, especially in the Romanian and Balkan state mountain areas where it grows naturally. 

The English translation of the ancient Greek word “Arni” is lamb, while “ca” is the feminine form of “like or pertaining to”,  which probably refers to the plants soft, hairy leaves feeling like a lamb. Or it could describe the first users of the flower for it’s medicinal qualities.  The other name Arnica is commonly called is “Wolf’s Bane” or “Leopard’s Bane”. Bane is an old-fashioned word that means annoyance or distress.

The history of this name explains Arnica’s benefits. Shepherds observed that after young lambs or goats they were tending occasionally fell from the mountain paths, they rolled in or sometimes ate the mountain daisy (Arnica montana) flowers. This herbal medicine meant the clumsy lambs or goats survived the bruising and muscle and joint injuries from their fall and quickly repaired with full mobility. And because of using Arnica they frustrated the waiting wolves and leopards who were hoping to enjoy a tasty young animal that had conveniently died from injury. So this is how the Arnica plant became commonly known as Leopard or Wolves Bane.

It’s likely that after seeing the success for their herds, shepherds started using Arnica flower on their own muscle and joint injuries with great success.  The first recorded medicinal information was in the writings of the medieval healer Hildegard von Bingen who wrote about this plant in her work entitled “Physica” in the 11th century, showing how long this healing plant has been useful to humans.”


But Rapid Recovery’s not just an Arnica cream… the synergistic blend of other potent multifunctional ingredients means a complete remedy to help you heal – naturally.

Along with the potent, proven and safer anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating benefits of Arnica, Rapid Recovery Creams also has other important ingredients known for:

  1. fast acting natural pain relief from menthol derived from the Peppermint Essential oil, and from Sulphur from MSM mineral (which is believed to work by blocking the nerve pain pathways
  2. faster injury repair from:
    • Allantoin which supports improved healing (derived from Comfrey leaf not the root). Allantoin is beneficial for it’s anti-inflammatory actions and because it speeds up the release and delivery of vital stem cells, like osteoblasts and fibroblasts, that are used to create the repair scaffold, and later support the roughly formed scar tissue realignment.
    • from helenalin which supports angiogenesis (growth of blood capillaries) and the faster relief of swelling & congestion (via histamine)
  3. Injury recovery
    • from the keratolytic benefits of allantoin which help realign scar tissue and reduce adhesions
    • from sulphur and MSM which is a GAG, that supports collagen generation for maintaining muscle and joint health
    • and colloidal minerals to provide anything that may be missing from an inadequate diet
  4. Finally we add extra benefits from therapeutic essential oils which smell great and provide concentrated healing phytochemicals in their own right.

MSM – Methyl sufonylmethane

MSM is a natural mineral -found in our bodies and in some leafy greens and large trees like pines. MSM is a highly bioavailable source (>34%) of the important healing mineral Sulphur.

The Australian TGA have a range of approved terms for MSM which are:

  • Maintain/support general health and wellbeing of joints & muscles (where applied)
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve mild joint aches and pains
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve symptoms of mild arthritis/mild osteoarthritis
  • Helps maintain/support joint cartilage health
  • Maintain/support joint health
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve mild joint inflammation/swelling
  • Maintain/support joint mobility/flexibility
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve mild joint pain/soreness
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve mild joint stiffness
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve muscle cramps
  • Maintain/support muscle health
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve muscle pain/ache/soreness
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve muscle tension/stiffness
  • Decrease/reduce/relieve muscle tiredness

Comfrey leaf (Symphytum officinale)

And the final key ingredient is Comfrey leaf extract – which is a hydroalcoholic tincture of medicinal comfrey extracted from the leaf. It is high in allantoin, rosmarinic acid and healing minerals.

The Australian TGA approved terms for Comfrey are:

Comfrey has been traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to assist with:

  • the relief of minor pain/swelling associated with bruises.
  • the relief of mild joint sprains/muscle strains.
  • the relief of mild joint pain associated with sprains.
  • The relief of mild muscle strains
  • the relief of mild muscle pain associated with strains.
  • the symptomatic relief of bruises.
  • the relief of mild pain/swelling, associated with bruises.

Extra multifunctional benefits:

We go the extra mile by also adding in colloidal minerals and therapeutic essential oils which further support healing and repair.

Transdermal penetrating cream base

There is no point creating an amazingly effective product if it sits on the surface of the skin and cant get down to the cellular level where the injury has happened.

In Rapid Recovery Creams the 100% natural cream base was carefully created with the highest quality oils and cosmetic ingredients to be a highly effective transdermal (below the skin) penetrating cream- so it absorbs quickly and deeply. This means the cream and all the active ingredients absorb deeply so they can get to work faster, with no greasy or oily residue on the skin and no nasty systemic side effects from oral pills.


The second thing you need to know is how our body deals with muscle and joint injury or trauma …

When you have an accident and suffer from a musculoskeletal injury – such as a sprain, strain, muscle tear or bruise, it’s what is happening in your cells that matters.

With the force of the trauma the cells at the site of the injury get damaged. The cell walls may rupture and split spilling their contents into the intra cellular space where they don’t belong, the blood vessels may tear and spill blood under the skin (bruising), muscle cells & fascia tissues rupture and tear (strains), and ligaments which attach muscles to your bones stretch or rupture.

In order for us to get better and begin healing the body needs to stop the damage, clear up the mess and begin repairing the injury. It does this by a natural system called the inflammatory system.

It’s a bit like what happens when there is a major traffic accident on an important highway. Just like with a traffic accident, the cleanup can involve alot of chaos and damage with lots of people & organisations involved. The goal is to first to stop any more damage, and then to repair the road system. All involved work together passing messages, making plans, laying down alternate roads to stop further congestion happening on the highway, working in a coordinated way to clear up the damage and make repairs.

You might see first responders, police, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, traffic management & repair crews, even civil defence units or the army in major accidents. There is lots of coordination and organization involved – with every decision going through the central control system. Everything has to work in stages. There might be set backs and temporary patch ups required. It can take a while to get repairs underway until all the materials and workers are in place.

Things often get abit messy before they get better. But if the system is working right after a while the highway is repaired and things are back to normal, fit for purpose and working well again.

In the human body, we have the same type of system, designed to help us heal after a muscle or joint injury trauma. Just like in a serious traffic accident, there are lots of parts involved in getting the human body system fully repaired. We call this the inflammatory repair process.

The inflammatory process has 3 basic stages:

  1. Inflammatory – where the injury message is sent to the immune system – this involves the inflammatory signals of heat, redness, swelling, restricted range of movement & pain
  2. Proliferation – where the immune system “repair crew” & the healing material is rushed to the injured area. Then dead cellular waste is carried away
  3. Repair & remodelling – where the repair process starts, with temporary scaffolds of fibrin scar tissue material. Then rebuilding and realigning of the damaged cells/ tissue to their final state.

Phase 1 : The inflammatory stage

The first stage of repair involves letting the main control center of the body (the CNS & brain) know that there is an accident or injury and what type it is.

Cytokines are one of the key messenger cells that cruise around the areas of the body, like local traffic officers on local highway. When they see a big traffic accident, they can’t deal with it all by themselves. They must let the central control system (our immune system) know that help is needed.

Unfortunately, cytokines don’t have cell phones. They send messages through nerve pathways and messenger hormones. But sometimes, when it is an emergency, that system is too slow. They need to create a bigger, faster warning signal, so the immune system takes notice and sends lots of help. They have to use what they have available, so they create inflammation. This is abit like creating a bonfire on the highway, setting light to damaged cars, to send an urgent signal to the control headquarters.

Inflammation is the signals we all know – redness, heat, swelling, loss of movement and pain. These are our body’s way of alerting the immune system to start the repair process.

To do this, cytokines need to send a signal to the immune system. To do this they sacrifice some of the body cells in the area to create an inflammation -the message bonfire. The cytokine messengers bind with receptors on the nearby cell walls and enter the cell. Then they travel through the NF-kB pathway down to the cell’s nucleus. There, they alter the DNA to send an inflammatory mRNA message out of the cell. This makes the cell rupture an die, spilling it’s cellular material into the intracellular area, where it doesn’t belong. When enough cells have ruptured, they get noticed by other immune cells like phagocytes or neutrophils.

This process triggers the immune system response and starts the first phase of the natural repair process.

The immune system then takes over and begins to coordinate the other 2 stages of the repair and remodelling.

It’s common for people to believe “all inflammation is bad” and they should just take a pain pill or NSAID drugs or use ice to stop the symptoms of inflammation after a muscle or joint injury. .That is understandable as we all want to avoid things that are painful. But it is faulty information, starting from drug companies and sports physicians, that has now been debunked and discredited.

Infact, it is vital for our bodies to go through each step of the inflammatory process to repair correctly. If you stop the process during the inflammation step, then the other two steps of the vital clean up and repair process are halted and our injury healing is delayed.

The second phase of the injury repair is called proliferation – which involves the body bringing in the repair crew. Healing material and specialist immune repair cells rushed to the injured area. Bleeding is stopped. The dead cellular waste is carried away. The basic fibrin repair structure is roughly laid down to give a scaffold for other more careful repairs later on. There is often a lot of swelling and congestion at this stage which explains the term proliferation. Gentle movement is very beneficial to support the transport to the area (lymph etc only moves when the muscles move – doesn’t have a beating pump like blood does).

The third phase is the repair and remodelling process. The rebuilding and realigning stage. Blends with the 2nd stage and continues the work of rebuilding the damaged cells/ tissue to their final state of full strength and range of motion. Involves alot of strengthening exercise and can require manual massage or frictional massage to support scar fibre breakdown or realignment -especially in harder ligament or tendon fibres. If this stage is skipped or not fully completed the joint or muscle will be permanently weakened or have scar tissue adhesions which limit your range of motion and ease of movement.

There isnt a clear demarkation or time for each phase, as every injury is different and all of the phases cross over abit as the process continues. But the 3 steps are the easiest way to think of our healing process.

And the most important thing to remember is that …..

Using Ice or NSAID’s and anything that stops this process delays your healing.

That is why using ICE on musculoskeletal injury has been discredited. Ice numbs the skin and nerves by freezing them, but it also slows or stops the immune system response, by stopping the flow of the messenger hormones and the first responders & emergency vehicles who are trying to repair the area. Ice use was developed in the 1970’s as part of the R.I.C.E. protocol by Dr Gabe Mirkin. This renowned US Sports physician used it because ice because it was cheap, easily available and felt good on a hot injury. However over recent years significant research has shown ICE delays healing, weakens muscles and has the risk of cell death from frost bite. Dr Mirkin himself has now discredited the use of R.I.C.E. & ice for injury care.

In a similar way using NSAID drugs stops the inflammatory messengers and the vital first inflammation step, so they delay your healing. NSAIDs are the commonly available Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs which include pills and gels. The common drug names and brands are:

  • ibuprofen (Nurofen®)
  • diclofenac (Voltaren®)
  • naproxen (Noflam®, Naprosyn®)
  • ketoprofen (Oruvail®)
  • celecoxib (Celebrex®)
NSAID Drugs look pretty but delay your healing and have many dangerous side effects affecting your cardiovascular system (increased risk of heart attack & stroke), your GI tract (increased stomach ulcers and bleeding) and increased risk of kidney damage. NSAID drugs work by down regulating prostaglandin which is damaging because prostaglandin also signals inflammation to the immune system and controls functions in the 3 vital body systems above - your heart, kidney and stomach.

Why NSAID’s cause you harm….

These bright colourful pills look pretty but, unfortunately, all NSAID’s delay your healing and can cause many serious health risks.

Here’s why.

NSAIDs work by regulating your COX 1 and COX 2 enzymes which are part of a process that creates the vital prostaglandin hormones. If you interfere with the COX enzymes you also interrupt other body processes like blood clotting and creation of protective mucous for your stomach lining. But the biggest impact is stopping prostaglandins being made.

These prostaglandin hormones regulate many body functions including inflammation. They are supposed to be balanced, a bit like a see-saw. And, like a see-saw when one side goes down -the other side goes up. Simply put, anything that down-regulates one side, up-regulates (or increases) the other side.

On one side of the see-saw, Prostaglandin hormones – particularly PEG E2 – control the release of vital cytokines – which is our body’s messengers who use inflammation signals to warn of danger & trauma. Stopping cytokines temporarily stops the symptoms of pain and inflammation. But it also halts the viral first step of the inflammation process, and so delays your healing response. This means you are treating the symptom but not the cause. You wont get better until you stop taking the NSAID drugs, as without all the 3 steps of the inflammation repair process, your injury cannot begin to repair.

Unfortunately, the bad news gets worse.

On the other side, prostaglandins also control your cardiovascular system & kidney function GI tract and other vital systems.

Extensive medical research now recognises NSAID drugs -both pill and to a lesser degree, topical gels- increases risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage. They cause GI bleeding, due to limiting the production of the mucosal lining which stops stomach acid from eroding your stomach and creating bleeding ulcers. The warnings state NSAID’s also increase health risks in pregnancy and increase asthma issues with susceptible people.

Unfortunately, as well as delaying your healing process, these pretty, bright coloured pills can cause serious harm and even death.

NSAID drug risks are not very well known. Many people simply don’t read the packaging info to know the risks. Or they assume, because NSAID pills are so widely prescribed and sold, even in supermarkets, they must be safe.

It’s common to “pop a pain pill” to treat any pain condition. Using NSAID pills (along with ice and the RICE protocol) is the first line of action for nearly every common muscle and joint injury. Or even to avoid upcoming pain, such as a hangover or DOMS pain from a hard training or sports event.

Want Research and Proof?

It is proven and documented that NSAID drugs just mask the symptoms, but do not treat the underlying injury. Yes they give you temporary relief, but delay your healing with dangerous risks to your health.

In both 2005 and 2015 posts by the FDA warns about the increased risk of death from NSAID’s as being from a 10% to as high as 50% increase, (depending on the drug taken and the dosage). NSAID risk increases even at low dose and infrequently, or without prior cardiovascular, GI bleeding & kidney damage risk. The US FDA requires US drug companies to outline all the risks on their drug warning information and advertising as well as with a “black box warning” on the outside of the drug package.

So NSAIDs mask the problem, delay your healing process and can increase your risk of serious harm.

A better option is to work on the source of the pain and to use products that support our body’s natural healing process.

What about other types of creams and gels?

Other products, like heat creams or liniments, use capsaicin, methyl salicylate or very high levels of camphor and eucalyptus. These are a group of rubs or gels called “counter-irritants“. This basically means they take your mind off the deep pain by causing surface pain and irritation on your skin. So, you get two layers of pain – on the skin, and at the injury site.

Heat rubs are classed as “counter irritant” which means they create local irritation , which can be beneficial for increasing blood flow. This warms up the area and over time supports healing, but these type of heat gels and creams don’t have active healing properties. They are usually very smelly, greasy to use and stain your clothing. They can be hard to wash off your hands. So beware. If you get heat rubs on sensitive body parts (face, groin, lips, eyes) you’ll have hours of unintended pain.

Be careful of burning heat rubs on sensitive areas -the pain can last for hours
OUCH….Heat rubs on sensitive areas can cause hours of pain….

Homeopathic creams are natural and do start with full strength herbal extracts – including Arnica tincture. However, homeopathic formulas get very diluted (up to 10x-12- a billion times). When taken orally homeopathy does seem to have benefit. The extreme dilution makes it very unlikely to be beneficial if used on the skin.

Now there is a better alternative.

Rapid Recovery Cream is an amazingly effective, highly active 100% natural relief and injury recovery remedy. It combines highly therapeutic multi-functional natural ingredients, which work synergistically as anti-inflammatories and immune system stimulants, working in harmony with the bodies natural healing process to support your rapid relief and recovery from most muscle and joint injuries. It is highly effective for swelling, bruising & mild to moderate musculoskeletal injuries like sprains, tears and strains.

It combines highly therapeutic levels of full-strength herbal medicine, including Arnica flower & Comfrey leaf tinctures, along with MSM mineral pain reliever, Essential Oils & Colloidal minerals. This gives you the complete package of natural pain relief, inflammation support and rapid injury recovery.

The active ingredients are formulated in a cream base that absorbs deeply. This delivers the active ingredients right where they are needed and works much faster than pills. You begin to feel relief in just a few minutes.

Created by a medical herbalist to work holistically and support faster, safer recovery and repair of common muscle and joint injuries. With Rapid Recovery Cream you can nurse yourself (and your family) better- naturally.

Here’s all the benefits we think you will love:

This holistic all-in-one remedy means you have everything needed for faster natural healing and injury repair of mild to moderate muscle and joint injuries. This means you have a complete all in one remedy which:

  • saves you money (and space in your medicine cabinet) from buying multiple products for each of the stages of relief, recovery and repair
  • saves you time away from sport, work and family you love by helping you heal faster
  • is safer for you by supporting your healing & recovery naturally, without pharma drug risks and side effects
  • it means you can be prepared and treat small tweaks and strains before they become bigger
  • means you can be self sufficient by nursing yourself and your family better, at home
  • it helps keep your muscles and joints healthy when you put them under extra strain from work, gym or sports

More info:

Are you the curious type .. want to know more? We know, we are too!

Here’s more indepth info:

The biochemistry of injury…. and how Arnica works to stop inflammation in our body.

Here is info on natural pain relief options and how they work with your body to support your healing process. Look for herbal creams containing Helenalin from Arnica tincture blended with other herbal actives. This means you will fully support the body’s natural healing and repair process.

Cellular research shows Arnica’s Helenalin phytochemical works inside human cells, right at the cell wall which is the beginning of the NF-kB pathway. This is the key, widely researched inflammatory pathway from the cell wall to the cell nucleus.

Helenalin, found in Arnica flower tincture, works by stopping the release of P65 dimers at the cell membrane (cell wall). These P65 dimers are paired with P50 dimers and they are like the first domino in a row of dominoes. When the first domino falls the rest cascade down. When cytokines move into the receptors on the cell wall, it normally starts a process or inflammatory cascade, where the dimers are released which then allows the harmful cytokines to travel from the cell membrane to the cell nucleus, with the goal of killing the cell and making it explode.

Then the cytokines do a similar process at the cell nucleus wall. The end result is the cell nucleus is attacked and the cellular DNA is damaged. This makes the cell die – it literally explodes spilling the cellular material into the fluid outside the cell, which, when is considered a “foreign body” so triggers an immune response, to start the healing and repair process. If the immune system doesn’t respond more cells are sacrificed, sometimes leading to a “cytokine storm”.

The cell damage and death creates the symptoms we call inflammation – which are heat and redness, swelling, pain, and loss of movement. It’s a natural process that our body goes through when any invaders are found in the extra-cellular fluid -whether the invaders are a virus, a toxin or the cellular material from damaged cells.

Helenalin is a strong natural anti-inflammatory and potent immune system stimulant.

Helenalin stops this process at multiple points, starting with

1) stops the NF-kB pathway being triggered (which means the cell does not have to die) and

2) sends an instant message to the immune system that injury or damage has occurred and

3) works hard to keep the cells healthy by regulating cellular fluid levels, removing cellular waste products and improving flow of healing plasma & nutrients.

4) works by blocking NF-kB pathway at multiple sites through out the cell.

5) Also down regulates Interleukin and TNF protein messengers to keep the cell healthy.

6) Helenalin is the first chemical that has been shown to turn off inflammation where it has already started (like in arthritis or chronic pain).

cell biochemistry showing how helenalin phytochemical works to stop NF-kB breakdown and how it supports cell health.
How Helenalin from Arnica tincture works inside a cell speeding your recovery

This picture explains some of the complex cellular biochemistry. What is important to understand is the multiple ways Helenalin works, without side effects.

By contrast, pharmaceutical NSAID drugs work on only one aspect – limiting Cyclo-Oxygenase – COX 1 & COX 2 which stops production of prostaglandin that then halts the release of the cytokine messengers that signal the immune system that damage has occurred, and that healing help is needed. Anything upsetting this vital process causes healing delays and often has serious adverse side effects and health risks, including increased risks of asthma, kidney damage, GI bleeding, cardiovascular damage including heart attack, stroke and death.

Unfortunately the risk of using NSAID drugs is very high -both in the pill form and while it is abit lower (research says approximately 17% less) in the topical gel form there are still significant risks. The risks appear to be greater in more vulnerable groups like children, senior citizens, pregnant & breastfeeding women or those with kidney, stomach or cardiovascular conditions.

Clearly delayed healing and serious adverse effects and health risks are not ideal. Choosing a safe effective fast acting and natural product is what you and your family need.

You need Rapid Recovery – a fast, effective, safe & natural solution that helps you heal

The end result for you and your family, is that if you use Rapid Recovery Creams you get an all in one remedy that gives you fast acting natural relief from inflammation and swelling, natural pain relief plus better healing. It is highly effective to support natural healing from bruising, swelling, inflammation and support your rapid recovery from common muscle and joint injuries like Grade 1 & 2 sprains and strains. (Remember- for serious pain, grade 3 injuries and other uncommon symptoms that don’t resolve quickly get urgent medical help).

And it helps keep you moving easily and enjoying sport, work and family without aches and pains. If you use it as soon as an injury occurs (and for 3 or 4 more times to get the active ingredients into your body), aches strains, bumps and bruises will resolve rapidly.

Again…where’s the proof ?

Photographic proof: Rapid Recovery Cream is amazing at reducing bumps and bruising in just one hour.

This is Sophie at her 8th birthday party – where an accident happened causing a huge, instant bump on her forehead.

Fast reduction in Bruise on childs head using Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream with Arnica and MSM. Goes from significant dak hemotoma to flat  and pale in one hour.

Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream was gently applied to the bump, then repeated 3 times. The injury was almost completely resolved in just one hour. The first 2 photos shows how upset Sophie is, with a bump that stuck out further than her nose. The following three photos -taken 20 minutes apart – show how quickly the bump resolved.

After one hour (4 treatments) the bump is flat. You can only see the slight colour of a minor bruise.

This isn’t an isolated example. The same results of very quick reduction of bruising and swelling have been seen again and again. Especially if applied as soon as possible after an injury and used at least 4 times. This gets the full dosage of herbal ingredients to the injury site and speeds up the natural immune response and healing process.

And people with chronic swelling and joint stiffness like osteoarthritis, or muscle pain / myalgia report they get great temporary symptom relief from natural pain and stiffness, with an overall improvement in their easy comfortable movement. While it cant reverse the damage it can and does support their joint and muscle health and helps them move more easily. They tell us it keeps the pain at bay for a time, so they can knit or garden again. It is a safe, natural complimentary medicine they can use along with their arthritis medication.

Field testing proof:

To prove effectiveness of the Sports Repair Cream we have field tested on thousands of athletes after finishing endurance events like marathons, full triathlons or CrossFit competitions. The endurance athletes – whether they are elite athletes or weekend warriors – love the fast results. They find it very effective for natural relief on their hot tired and painful muscles. Best yet, it can be used for warming up muscles and joints, or before a race to treat a niggly pain. And it is very safe without known side effects. After over 15,000 field tests and 15 years of in market use – we have not had one report of health risk, side effects or harm from using this Rapid Recovery product. In fact the only complaint we hear is that people get annoyed when their friends or family try Rapid Recovery and then steal the tube.

Rotorua Marathon stand – field testing on thousands of marathon runners

How can you use Rapid Recovery Creams to speed up your healing

But our Rapid Recovery Creams are not just highly effective Arnica cream. It also has a very fast acting natural pain relief ingredient called MSM & other repairing ingredients.

MSM mineral has a very high level of Sulphur. This important natural pain relief mineral physically blocks pain messages, reduces inflammation, reduces cellular toxins and supports joint health.

The repairing ingredients include Comfrey leaf (in the Sport Repair Cream), essential oils and colloidal minerals. These provide important trace mineral support your natural healing process and speed the repair of injury.

Here is a comparison table. It shows the amount of active ingredients in many common New Zealand Arnica creams and muscle rub products:

Comparison table Shows significantly high levels of Arnica and other active ingredients in Rapid Recovery - with 96 mg/g of actives compared to just 2.46mg/g in competitors like Anti-flamme (which also uses inferior Arnica oil)
Rapid Recovery Sports Repair Cream has the highest level of the key Arnica tincture with active natural pain relief mineral and healing ingredients. And nothing nasty.

Replaces many products in your medicine cabinet…

Rapid Recovery is many solutions in one product. It is a:

  • 100% natural all in one injury care and pain relief cream
  • targeted natural pain relief that starts being felt in around 4 minutes (4x faster than taking a pill)
  • topical anti-inflammatory that supports your body’s natural healing processes to reduce swelling, bumps and bruising rapidly
  • supports your injury repair process for faster repair of mild and moderate sprains, strains, bumps, swelling and bruising
  • works as a natural muscle relaxant to soothe tight tense muscles and release knots
  • helps improve joint health and easy comfortable movement
  • ideal for soothing massage -whether for relaxation (Family Care Cream) or sport (Sport Repair Cream)
  • a warm-up cream before sports to increase blood flow to hard working muscles. Improves ligament pliability for full range of motion movement
  • after sport recovery rub that supports removal of metabolic waste and improve healing. This is a far better solution to speed your muscle and joint recovery than ice baths which have been discredited. Multiple research studies on use of Ice for sport injury or recovery show ice just freezes cells and numbs nerves in a temporary manner.
  • speeds return to sport after hard or long training sessions -significantly reduces DOMS and makes your after sport foam rolling recovery routine way faster and more comfortable.
  • Many other uses. You can use on unbroken skin to quickly soothe many minor topical inflammations like itchy bites, bee stings, sunburn, swollen glands such as externally on the neck or under arm areas.
  • Can be soothing and supportive used on the outer throat skin area when you have a sore or swollen throat.
  • Ideal for swelling and bruising on sensitive areas like black eyes, groin strains or rubbed on the jawline to reduce swelling & bruising with tooth extractions.

Topical application means you bypass the stomach and liver systems. So targeted relief and faster results – no delays and you get relief from your pain right where you need it. And to make this even better we have perfected a natural, great to use transdermal penetration enhancing cream base that supports deep absorption targeted to the area of injury for faster better safer results.

Rapid Recover is fast working and long lasting. Relief begins in around 4 minutes – 5 to 7 times faster than oral pills – and lasts about 4 hours. Plus get a complete remedy: rapid natural pain relief, inflammation support and healing. Ideal for all moderate muscle and joint injuries, including sprains, strains & bruises.

Two varieties for different groups of users:

Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream is ideal for whole family use. Gives natural pain relief for back and hip pain in pregnancy. Helps treat the bumps, bruises & growing pain of children. Gives fast effective relief for crush injuries like stubbed toes & jammed fingers or for fast reduction in swelling for tired puffy eyes or healing of bruising for black eyes. Supports stiff, swollen, aching joints of seniors. Helps soothe many types of topical inflammation from myalgia or muscle tension, insect bites and stings to sinus congestion, swollen glands, swollen legs and feet after travel, Provides soothing therapeutic massage or palliative care for chronic pain conditions. Very helpful addition to the family first aid box.

You might be wondering is Arnica cream safe during pregnancy? Our Family Care Cream was originally created by our founder to help and soothe her own sciatica and hip pain during pregnancy. She used it following a serious fall during her first pregnancy, and it provided significant pain relief and sped up the natural healing process (along with some acupuncture). It was great for helping get back to sleep during the night when she was woken by hip pain, or on sore weak muscles after bending, lifting or carrying young children. She continued to use it during her next two pregnancies when the old injury and sciatica pain would flair up with the extra pregnancy body weight, and because of the natural softening of ligaments during pregnancy. And then when she strained her shoulder and neck from carrying and nursing her young babies, it proved to be a really helpful pain relief option and an effective muscle tension reliever, along with gentle massage to speed up healing. And it was ideal to use on the common bruises and bumps her busy young children experienced from time to time as they learnt to walk, run and climb and enjoy sports.

It has been used now by thousands of customers and physical therapists, including specialist fertility massage therapists that specialise in deep abdominal massage to support fertility and relieve serious period pain and endometriosis adhesions. It has proven to provide a highly active 100% natural herbal remedy to help reduce the common pregnancy aches and strains of lower back and hip pain, to reduce muscle tension and to soothe and relax – naturally. All the ingredients have hundreds or thousands of years of effective human use and we comply with the EU German E commission quality standards. It is 100% natural and is made to the highest cGMP safety standards. And it really helps soothe, support and repair tired, injured or strained muscles and joints – naturally.

Used on the skin, the only known side effects are minor – a slight rash for a very, very small group of people who have daisy or rag wort plant allergies – which is quickly reversable by washing in warm water. Our comparison research shows it is significantly safer than anything else we know about in the New Zealand market. However as with all things, use common sense and contact your health care provider or mid wife if you have any unusual or concerning symptoms.

For sports people Rapid Recovery Sport Repair Cream provides fast natural pain relief. from aching, tired muscles. It supports rapid healing of muscle, joint and ligament injury- including sprains, strains swelling & bruising. Its also ideal for improving warm up before training, for reducing DOMS pain and speeding recovery after endurance events like marathons. It is also ideal for use after heavy gardening or lifting work and as a part of a system to reduce or prevent muscle and joint overuse or repetitive strain injury in the workplace.

The world is changing … Pharma drugs often have serious adverse side effects – and they delay your healing….

Pharma marketing is powerful and wide spread. Until recently we all believed that pharmaceutical drugs were safe and beneficial – they must be safe because your doctor and pharmacist recommended them…, and that herbal medicine was outdated.

Significant research on many protocols – from pharmaceuticals, heat rubs, using ice & R.I.C.E. protocol now show this is belief is untrue.

Using Ice and NSAID’s on muscle and joint injury have a double whammy effect – both are detrimental to your healing and your health.

Firstly, using them will delay your healing -which means although you are masking the pain messages, you wont start repairing and returning to full movement until you stop using them.

The second issue is much worse. It has been widely known and communicated to the medical profession, since at least 2015 when the US FDA required a serious black box warning for all NSAID drugs, (excluding asprin), that commonly used and prescribed pharmaceutical drugs can cause significant harm to many body systems including your GI tract, kidney and liver, and your cardiovascular system, even leading to heart attack, cardiovascular disease, stroke and death. This is true for all NSAID drugs to varying degrees – the risk are especially high for diclofenac (which is commonly marketed as Voltaren) in Australasia.

These risks exist for topical/skin use (NSAID gels or creams) as well as for NSAID pills (oral use), and even in low dosage, infrequent or short-term use or without prior health issues.

Unfortunately multiple research studies shows that topical NSAID gels or creams are just a bit less risky. One study showed they were around 17% less risk for nearly all the complications including GI tract and CVD – but still much much higher risk of serious harmful adverse events for those that use them, compared to non-users.

Herbal medicine works differently – it works with your body systems to help you heal – naturally.


Now medical herbalists and researchers are able to validate historical uses by understanding the biochemistry of how the herbal phytochemicals work. We know why they are so beneficial to help the human body heal. Basically, herbal medicine, made right and used right, works with your body systems for fast results and natural healing.

Rapid Recovery ….. Helps you heal – naturally

At Natures Nurse we are committed to creating the most effective products.

We hope we have explained why our products are so superior to use and all the quality standards that we apply with every product we make. We always seek to be the best on the market in our key criteria of fast, effective, safe and natural and most importantly to use potent, proven herbal medicine to help you (and your family) heal – naturally.

Rapid Recovery creams - with Arnica montana, MSM Comfrey leaf, & colloidal minerals for fast acting natural pain relief and inflammation support for sprains, strains and bruising of muscles joints and connective tissue
Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream and Sports Repair Cream

Get your Rapid Recovery now. Buy on line at www.naturesnurse.co.nz We have fast free NZ wide urban delivery. Or available through quality health retailers, pharmacies and physical therapists. Highly effective. 100% natural, quality guaranteed. And really fast working and helps you heal – naturally!