Know about Arnica montana

To cure with arnica (Arnica montana)

Arnica or mountain arnica is a perennial plant belonging to the family Asteraceae. Its scientific name is Arnica montana .  This plant have other names: the arnique, the tobacco of the Vosges, the grass with the falls, the plantain of the Alps, the betony of the mountains or the panacea of ​​the falls. Typically mountainous (in the heights between 600 and 2600 meters), it grows on the mountains, in the meadows, the acid and poor soils, the siliceous places, the stony places, the forest edges, the clear woods and the woods. sandy soils. The flowering period of arnica is between May and July (late spring to mid-summer).

About arnica (Arnica montana)

With fibrous rootlets, the root of arnica is creeping. The cylindrical and down stem is erect; she is simple or little rower. Single or weakly toothed, the leaves spread in a rosette at the base, are oval and lanceolate; they are pubescent on the upper side. The flowers are golden yellow. The fruit is an oval achene, with a slightly hairy seed.

With a pungent and bitter taste, the flowers of arnica have a strong. It have characteristic aromatic odor, especially when creasing petals between the fingers. This odor is likely to cause sneezing. The flowers are harvesting at the beginning of their flowering before they bloom. Roots are harvesteing during the spring or fall. All parts of arnica are helpful, including flowers, leaves and roots.

Medicinal properties of arnica montana

Arnica is a stimulant and an anti-inflammatory. In addition, it has healing properties (to heal wounds), appetizers (stimulating appetite), expectorant (facilitating the evacuation of airway secretions), antiseptics (which fight against microbes) and diuretics (which increase urinary secretion). The plant is both an anti-ecchymotic can use to against bruises and an analgesic that fights pain. Stimulating blood flow in the uterus and pelvic area, arnica has emmenagogue virtues that cause or promote menstruation. It is also a febrifuge plant that cures fevers. Its circulatory properties make it possible to improve the venous tone.

Arnica is used in the presence of various trauma without wounds: bruises, sprains, hematomas, strains, dislocations, cramps, muscle tears and muscle aches and muscle spasms and contractures. The plant is also effective against joint inflammation (rheumatism, arthritis, osteoarthritis). It relieves bruising, feeling of heavy legs, pains caused by insect bites, superficial burns, diaper rash, inflammation of the oral cavity and throat.

Medicinal preparations of arnica montana

For internal use, arnica should be used with caution as it contains toxic substances for the body, which can cause vomiting, spasms, dizziness. Arnica flowers can be used as an infusion for one quarter cup of water, at a rate of one cup per day.

Precautions (do not apply to injured wounds.


Arnica montana

Arnica montana


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