Arnica for pain relief
Arnica is a plant used since the Middle Ages and is especially sought after for its many medicinal virtues.
Arnica (Arnica montana) is a perennial plant of the family Asteraceae, native to the mid-mountain regions of southern Russia, Europe and America.
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Arnica, the shock grass of the Vosges mountains
An effective remedy against bumps and bruises, Arnica montana is frequently used in the cosmetic-pharmaceutical industry.
Threatened by intensive livestock farming and soil fertilization for fodder production, Vosges arnica could have disappeared from the mountain landscape if a vast eco-citizen movement had not been mobilized.
Integrated by farmers, collectors associations, municipalities, pharmaceutical laboratories and representatives of the Natural Park, this group, united around the exploitation of wild arnica, signed the “Arnica Convention” in 2007.
In order to regulate the harvest to preserve the resource, each collector is required to manually remove the plant and the quantities harvested are directly linked to the laboratory orders.
Thanks to this letter, mountain arnica now ensures its durability and blooms again every summer in the Vosges.
Arnica and its health benefits, pain
For external use, arnica is mainly used in the treatment of bruises, inflammations, minor bleeding and joint and muscle pain.
In surgery, arnica helps relieve some post-operative pain.
Dermatology, treats insect bites and inflammatory dermatoses.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial action, the tincture of arnica (let 200 g of flowers macerate in one liter of 60% alcohol for ten days), used in dilution, relieves certain ENT ailments such as sore throat, angina, gingivitis and oral pain.
It is used as a dye, ointment, oil or gel. Caution: Avoid applying it to wounds and near eyes and mouth.
Decoction of arnica flowers (10 g of flowers in one liter of boiling water) would be effective as an anti-lice treatment.
This plant can only be used externally (except when used as a homeopathic treatment). In case of ingestion, the presence of arnicine, highly toxic, can cause poisoning.
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