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A Directory of Herbs and their therapeutic properties - Arnica ( Arnica montana )

Arnica is one of those herbs that are only used externally. Usually found in Scandinavian meadows, at altitudes of up to 3000m, this herb is quite rare but an important part of local herbology in those places where it is grown.

Used for:-

  • Muscle pain
  • Bruises
  • Skin disorders
  • Sprains
  • Herbal baths
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Rheumatic pain relief
  • Stimulant
  • Diuretic


Parts of the plant used:-
Flower heads

Vulnerary, Analgesic, Circulation, Nervine.

Volatile oil (containing thymol), resins, a bitter principle (arnicin), carotenoids, flavonoids. olatile oil (containing thymol), resins, a bitter principle (arnicin), carotenoids, flavonoids.

It is an irritant to the digestive tract and kidneys therefore not to be taken internally.Not recommended for children

Other names:-
Arnica Flowers, Arnica Root, Leopard's Bane, Mountain Arnica, Mountain Daisy, Mountain Tobacco, Wolfsbane

Arnica Montana has a yellow flower that blooms in spring. The whole of the plant can be used in herbal medicine.
Can be used on the body to treat pain and inflammation but not on broken skin




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