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Arnica montana

Arnica montana





The German folk name for Arnica means ‘mountain well-being.’ It is also known as mountain tobacco, wolf bane and leopard’s bane. The name is also said to be derived from the Greek word ’arni’, which means lamb, referring to its soft, hairy leaves.


Asteraceae also called Compositae.


Arnica plants have large, bright yellow or yellow-orange flower heads which bloom from mid-summer into autumn. It grows one to two feet high. The flowers resemble large daisies. The stems are round and hairy, with one to three flower stalks. The flowers are two to three inches across. The upper leaves are toothed and slightly hairy. The lower leaves have rounded tips.

It is native to the mountains of Northern Europe and Siberia. And is also cultivated in North America.

Parts used:

The flowering heads of the plant are used for preparation of either a maceration for an infused oil or a tincture, and the root stock is used for a homeopathic preparation. Arnica infused oil is used as an external application only and only when the skin is not broken, e.g. for bruises, swelling, pain relief for muscle and joint problems, bone fractures, and such. 

Added to shampoo or hair conditioner it can help strengthen hair and help reverse hair loss. It is also known to benefit dandruff.

Used as a homeopathic, Arnica is most commonly known as the immediate ‘go to remedy’ for trauma and pain due to injury, and for over-worked muscles. It is not to be taken internally, except as a homeopathic preparation.


It has been used medicinally since the 1500s. Arnica helps to speed up the healing process by improving circulation and reducing inflammation. It can help ease the pain and stiffness of chronic arthritis.

It is a safe alternative for pain relief without the risks associated with NSAIDS. As such it is a favorite with athletes and elders.

As early as the 12th century, Hildegard von Bingen, known as Saint Hildegard, a German nun, wrote about the healing properties of the Arnica montana plant. This plant also has a long history of use in Russian folk medicine and in the Swiss Alps.

Since the 16th century mountain people in the Alps have used it to relieve muscle aches and bruises.


Garden of Eve Product Containing Arnica montana:

Garden Relief Comfort Cream



Not to be taken internally, except as a homeopathic remedy

Avoid during pregnancy and breast feeding

Avoid if you have an allergy to ragweed (hay fever.)

Monitor prolonged use for sensitivity reactions.


Author, Eve Stahl, is a Health Consultant, Herbalist and Skin Care expert. She specializes in using nature's plants to enhance the health of people and to protect the health of our planet. To achieve this purpose she has created Garden of Eve Skin Care products for sensitive skin and all skin types. You can visit her company at: www.gardenofeve.com Prospective Affiliates visit: www.gardenofeveskincare.com/affiliate-application. 


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