Arnica, Organic &/or Wildcrafted

Arnica, Organic &/or WildcraftedArnica, Organic &/or Wildcrafted

Arnica /ˈɑrnɨkə/ is a genus with about 30 perennial, herbaceous species, belonging to the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The genus name Arnica may be derived from the Greek arna, "lamb", in reference to the soft, hairy leaves.

This circumboreal and montane (subalpine) genus occurs mostly in the temperate regions of western North America, while two are native toEurasia (A. angustifolia and A. montana).

Several species, such as Arnica montana and A. chamissonis, contain helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone that is a major ingredient in anti-inflammatory preparations (used mostly for bruises).

Arnica is also known by the names Mountain Tobacco and, somewhat confusingly, Leopard's bane and Wolfsbane—two names that it shares with the entirely separate genus Aconitum.

Arnica montana has been used medicinally for centuries. Arnica is used in liniment and ointment preparations used for strainssprains, andbruises. Commercial Arnica preparations are frequently used by professional athletes. According to The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, "A few clinical trials suggest benefits of topical arnica for osteoarthritis; and for affecting significant reduction of bruising

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