Botanical Name: Arnica montana
Components: A member of the sunflower family, arnica’s bright yellow flowers become fluffy and fibrous when dried. There are many species of arnica flowers found around the globe, the most common being Arnica montana.
Overview: The beneficial compounds found in Arnica montana give the plant its powerful and well-known effects. While this plant should never be consumed orally, nor placed directly on open wounds, it has a wide range of topical uses. Arnica is particularly favored by athletes and the elderly, given its ability to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Uses: Traditionally, arnica is used externally as herbal medicine for bruises, inflammation, and joint pain. It is often included in muscle rubs, massage oils, creams, and salves. Arnica should not be taken internally. Do not use on open wounds or broken skin.