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What is Arnica Montana? The yellow and orange flower. Would accidentally ingested unsafe?

Updated on September 2, 2012

What is arnica Montana? The tales of a mountain herb

The herb Arnica has been long applied for many remedy purposes.

Dated back within the year of 1500 since native American has been using Arnica plant as a traditional medicine.

They used the herb for various pain relievers such as inflammation due to muscle strain, to heal wounds, bruises, and a lot more.

This is one type of perennial plant, which means that you would only need to plant this herb once, and they will keep on growing back for long period.

What is Arnica Montana? This aromatic yellow flower look-alike has two main components, the flower, and the root or called rhizome that are commonly used for many medicinal applications.

The branch-less stem only hold the flowers on the top of it, while looks like having hairs. They probably just one or two leaves attached to the stem. They are mostly blossom in the autumn, while starting to come out within half way through summer.

The arnica will reach the mature height of around 35 to 65 centimeter. Overall color might be light green, leaves on the lower part are bunch up, and having rounder tips. The upper part of the leaves are small, the shape are looking sharp sticking on the stem.

The root or rhizome is deep brown while shape is cylindrical, mostly curves and lies underneath the soil. The best place for this plant to grow is where there is enough sun lights, ideal habitat would be highlands or alpine meadows, in other words the mountainous area.

They can still grow under open area where fully exposed to the sun lights, however shady area with partial sun light is the best place to flourish.

Germany, is probably one country that specifically cultivating this plant for its medicinal purposes, while the natural environment that this plant mostly found in North America, Siberia, the south Portugal, and south of France.

In recent years there is a tendency that this plant has decreased in terms of population because of over exploitation anticipate growing demand from pharmacy industries. Therefore, in another parts of the world this herb is protected from being overused.


What is arnica? Is this the answer for natural pain reliever?

What is arnica? Is this a common name? Would people use the same name all over the world? The fact is the name Arnica may sound strange in some countries.

You might need to ask for Wound herb, or try Mountain tobacco, Sneezewort, Thunderwort, Leopard Bane, Smokeherb, and so on.

I would say it is safe just to get a picture and show it to local pharmacist when you desperately look for Arnica, in case when you are abroad.

Anyway, you may use this magical herb for any kind of bruises, sprain, insect bites, swollen due to broken bones, and possibly any sport related injuries.

Just a reminder only applying on skin surfaces. In case any open wounds you better avoid using this herb directly. In addition, you might need to take real cautious when thinking to swallow this arnica for whatever reason you have in mind.

For this particular case, I think better if you get some medical advises from your doctor or physician. Which parts of this plant maybe used for relieving any sort of pains?

Simply, yellow flower and perhaps the roots, fresh or dried are used to soothe any kind of pain or bruises. Luckily for us, today, we don’t need to search for this fresh herb in anybody backyard just to heal our pain.

You only need to look for readily made Arnica creams as well as ointment in local pharmacies, for any of your injury problem.


Any arnica side effects we should pay attention to?

As been mentioned before, if used on your skin surface this should be quite safe and proven to be effective to ease any sort of pains.

However if you accidentally swallow, or applying on open wounds, then you may have a chance to experience rapid blood pressure increase, as the result of your heart expose to toxic activity.

Swallowing might cause you to feel dizzy, and eventually vomiting.

Applying arnica cream on your skin is considered safe, however prolong used may increase the probability of suffering from skin irritation, blistering, or peeling off.

For pregnant women or during breast-feeding period, using arnica on skin is never been a good option. Nevertheless, despite of all the risks that Arnica may cause, this herb is still considered one of the better option and the answer for natural pain reliever.


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    • greeneryday profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Some tropical country

      uneaukid, wow you actually get the information from old Ute Indian? It must've been quite an experience, thank you for sharing!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks for this hub; I enjoyed reading it a well remember an old Ute Indian telling me that arnica is a great cure for rheumatism.


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