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Heterotheca inuloides

Whole Arnica Flower

plant overview
sunny yellow arnica

Mexican arnica flower is a perennial member of the daisy family that grows in Mexico and in the American Southwest. Arnica whole flower is used to produce an arnica flower tincture and infused oils for making various cosmetic formulations for the skin. Benefits of arnica flower include alleviating irritation from insect bits and healing external wounds in joints and muscles. This herb is not for internal use.

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Where in the World

habitat and range for arnica

Mexican Arnica is native to Central Mexico. It grows in Chihuahua State, the Federal District, Puebla and in Oaxaca.

What is Arnica Flower Used for?
The whole flowers of Mexica arnica may be infused in alcohol or oil and used to make skin care products, including facial washes, soap, salves, lotions and hair and scalp conditioners.

You can make a arnica flower tincture of the herb to be used externally by combining 70 percent alcohol with arnica flowers in a glass jar. Allow the mixture to sit in a warm place for about two weeks. Before using it, you'll want to strain the flowers out of the solution. Once you've made the tincture, you can use it as a lotion by adding it to witch hazel before applying it to the skin.

A Bit of Botany

a bit of botanical information about arnica

Mexican Arnica is a perennial from the Asteraceae family that can reach 15 to 20 inches tall. This plant has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are ovate and serrulate. Flowers are corymbs of yellow from July to August. These perennials produce achenes.

common names
& nomenclature

The genus name Arnica may be derived from the Greek arna, "lamb," in reference to the soft leaves.

Also known as:
leopard's bane, mountain arnica, mountain tobacco, wolfsbane, false arnica, árnica mexicana, árnica del país, and mexican arnica

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing arnica

Mexican Arnica prefers a sunny location and can tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (10°F).

Grow Mexican Arnica on dry to moderately moist soil. The soil should be gritty-sandy or gritty-loamy soil.

Grow from seeds or root (rhizome) divisions.

Mexican Arnica flowers are normally taken when they are in full, fresh bloom in mid to late Summer. The stem is not used and can be discarded.

Rhizomes can be collected in the fall after the foliage has died off. Rhizomes are one to two inches long, cylindrical, and are often scarred where old stems have broken off. The rhizomes are dried and powdered and used in the same proportions as dried flowers.

Store as a tincture, as dried flowers, or as a ground powder in a cool, dry place. Refrigeration or freezing is recommended but not required.

please note
External use only.

arnica Medicinal Uses

healing wounds with arnica
Arnica is an herb that's commonly used to treat the bumps and bruises of life—literally. Most often, people use it externally. In fact, you shouldn’t take arnica internally unless you’re being supervised and directed by a medical professional.

Most often, it's made into a cream or ointment that can be rubbed into the skin. It can be used to treat bruises, muscle strains, arthritis, bunions, joint dislocations, and virtually any other type of problem that occurs to the muscular and skeletal systems.

If you suffer from insect bites, arnica can also be used to reduce the irritation and inflammation that occurs from them. It’s also quite good for chapped lips and nostrils. In addition, applying arnica cream to the affected area of the body can also help acne.

When being treated by a homeopathic professional, arnica can be taken internally to treat specific illnesses. For example, if you suffer from coronary artery disease or angina, arnica may be a good treatment for you.

Arnica is also a good treatment in some cases to treat inflammation of the throat and the mouth. However, it’s important that you don’t take arnica internally without supervision. Arnica can have some side effects such as vomiting and increased heart rate that are dangerous for the body.

In addition, using arnica on the outside of the skin can also cause irritation if you do it for too long a time. And you should never put it over an open wound. This can cause irritation and actually make the problem worse. It can cause problems such as eczema and blisters when used for too long.

But don't let the side effects scare you. Arnica does a great job of helping wounds heal in the joints and muscles. Researchers think it actually helps to remove clotted blood from the affected areas and help circulation improve. When you have a lot of circulation around the injury, healing can happen more quickly and easily.

If you're looking for a cream to help reduce the pain of a broken bone, sprain, strain, or dislocation, arnica is a great choice. You'll want to look for a prepared cream or make a salve of arnica flower.

arnica for your injuries
Arnica has long been used to treat injuries. It can be an all around helpful herb for treating problems such as bruises and sprains. It's especially good at treating aches and pains.

The arnica flower is native to North America. It grows in the mountain regions of the western part of the continent. When European settlers came to the Americas, they recognized the arnica plant as one that was similar to their native land. They began using it for similar purposes and found that it worked well.

And while it’s difficult to confirm, historically people believe that shepherds are the ones who discovered its medicinal uses when injured sheep were attracted to the flower. They decided that if the sheep were attracted to it and found healing powers from it, it might work well for humans.

Arnica flower should only be used externally because it can cause internal problems due to toxicity. However, there are plenty of ways you can use it topically to enjoy its effects. For example, you can rub arnica cream directly on a bruise or sprain to help relieve the pain and heal the bruising more quickly.

Externally, you can also apply it to areas where you suffer from rheumatism or problems such as phlebitis. The cream will soothe the area and help you to heal more quickly. It will also help to relieve pain.

You should not use arnica on broken skin. This is because the flower has toxic effects. Just as you shouldn’t take it internally, you shouldn’t expose it to areas where it can come into contact with your bloodstream. Carefully inspect any area of the skin before you apply arnica flower or cream to it to make sure that there's no broken skin.

There are some preparations of arnica that are safe to use. These are sold in the form of tablets. They may taken to help prevent bruising before a surgical procedure or to help heal bruising quickly. When you use arnica in this form, it's critical that you follow the manufacturer’s directions.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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