Botanist's Glossary

Arnica - Arnica montana

  • Description
    • Arnica (Asteraceae family) is a hardy herbaceous plant native to the mountains of Europe. This beautiful composite, with orange-yellow solitary flower heads, grows in acidic grassland in mountainous and subalpine areas. When rubbed, it releases a very specific aromatic scent. As a result of an increase in demand for arnica from herbalists, the plant became scarce, and its picking is regulated.
  • Traditions
    • Today, arnica is one of the major wound-healing herbs in popular medicine and also a key homeopathic treatment. The traditional use of arnica steeped in alcohol to soothe bumps and bruises has led to the creation of various arnica products: ointments, gels, etc. These are always intended for external use, and should not be used on open wounds.
  • Properties
    • Arnica extract comes from the flowers. When applied to the skin, it stimulates microcirculation and the immune system. Arnica is particularly suitable for dehydrated and chapped skin as it has restorative properties.

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