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Latin (botanical) name: Arnica Montana
Common names: Arnica Flowers, Arnica Root, Common Arnica, Mountain Tobacco, Leopard's Bane, Wolf's Bane, Sneezewort
Plant Description:Arnica is a perennial that is most commonly found in the mountainous regions of Canada, the northern United States and Europe. In some parts of Europe, it is protected. Arnica blooms in July and produces a bright yellow daisy-like flower. Its stalk sometimes grows as tall as 2 feet high, and its leaves form the shape of a flat rosette. Each plant may have as many as nine blooms. The bloom of this plant has been used for hundreds of years in alternative medicine, and is still very popular in Germany where it is used in more than 100 drug preparations.
Medicinal Properties &Uses: The Arnica plant is primarily used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, stimulant, and a vulnerary. It is only recommended for external use. When applied as a salve or with a tincture, it helps to promote the healing of wounds, bruises and skin irritations. In some cases, it has been used as a poultice for compresses on the stomach to relieve abdominal pains. Most commonly, it is used for relief in bruises, arthritis, internal injuries, and in massage therapy.
Dosage: Apply externally to injured areas. Do not apply to broken skin. Orally, use only under the direction of your health care professional. Shake well before using.
Cautions & Interactions: Do not take during pregnancy. Keep out of reach of children.
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