Arnica | Arnica montana
Traditionally used to support the body’s natural response to physical shock or trauma and help aid the recovery process from bruises, sprained tissues and muscles after falls, sports injuries, muscle ache from exercise or gardening. It may also ease stiff and tired joints and muscles.
Arnica montana is part of the sunflower family. The genus name Arnica may be derived from the Greek arni, "lamb", in reference to the plants' soft, hairy leaves.
A perennial mountain plant found in the mountainous regions of Europe (and also cultivated in New Zealand) the yellow flower heads are harvested in full bloom and air dried before using in herbal preparations.
Arnica is well known for its topical support for the musculo-skeletal system and recognised as an officially in many European countries. Topically, Arnica is used to support bruises, aches, and sprains, joint stiffness and pain.
Arnica Montana contains sesquiterpene lactones, essential oil and flavonoids, mucilage, carotenoids, resins, tannins and polysaccharides.
Arnica must NEVER be applied to BROKEN SKIN, WOUNDS or CUT nor be taken internally. It is not recommended to use long term as there are insufficient studies to reliably to confirm its safety long term.