The Eclectic Physician
Medicinal Herb Monographs
The information on this page compiled by
Beth Burch N.D.
Arnica blooms in July
Arnica thrives in the lush meadows of the high
Cascades. A member of the sunflower family, it is often found growing in
dense clumps. It has bright yellow, bell shaped flowers that are 1.5 inches
across, including the rays, and grow on erect stems, 1 to 2 feet tall.
The ovate or oblong leaves grow in pairs and are coarsely toothed.
Arnica is anti-inflammatory and contains essential oils
and sterols, in the form of sesquiterpene lactones, glycosides and flavoniods.
It is one of the best external remedies specific for bruises and sprains.
It is also useful for sore muscles due to over exertion and for joint and
rheumatic pain. It can be used as a lotion or liniment extracted in alcohol
and applied to the skin.
Arnica is an external remedy and
should not be taken internally, except in homeopathic form, because it
is potentially toxic.
Herbal Form (for external us only)