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Arnica Montana is also called Leopards Bane. The plant has a bright yellow flower that blooms mid summer. Preparations made from the flowering heads have been used in homeopathic medicine for thousands of years. It is one of the most popular holistic remedies in Germany, and over one hundred prescription drugs are made from the herb. It is a perennial species that is protected by law in some parts of Europe.

The active components are sesquiterpene lactones, which are known to reduce inflammation and decrease pain. Other active ingredients are the essential oil thymol, flavonoids, inulin, carotenoids and tannins.

Arnica works by stimulating the activity of white blood cells that take care of much of the digestion of congested blood, and by limiting trapped fluids from bumped and bruised tissue, joints and muscles.

It is known to stimulate blood circulation and can raise blood pressure, especially in the coronary arteries. The plant is used externally for arthritis, burns, ulcers, eczema and acne. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that can reduce pain and swelling, improving wound healing.

Part Used: Extract of the blossoms

Common use: It is typically rubbed on the skin to soothe and heal bruises, sprains, and relieve irritations from trauma, arthritis and muscle or cartilage pain. Applied as a salve, arnica is also good for chapped lips, irritated nostrils and acne.

Care: Arnica grows in moist, sandy soil with adequate drainage. Likes full sun.

Toxicity: Internal use is not suggested. It can cause vomiting, weakness, increased heart rate and nervous disturbances if not taken in the proper amount.


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