arnica, plant, flower

Arnica is a hardy herb which grows well in cold and rugged zones such as zones 2/3. While it prefers a slightly acidic soil, it is going to develop in a Ph 6.0-8.5 without difficulty. Arnica enjoys full sun, moderate richness and well-drained conditions, yet enjoys a great deal of moisture. . While it’s been found growing wild in North America, it’s native to Siberia. It’s often found in the Pacific Northwest mountain areas, but develops as a plant that is cultivated as far east as Michigan and Ontario. Its mountainous habit explains its taste for frequent watering.

Medicinal Uses

Arnica has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and remains popular today. The plant is used to treat sore muscles, bruises, sprains, wounds, rheumatic pain, insect bite swelling and swelling associated with broken bones. It might have serious side effects when taken internally, and must be used topically. It’s applied as a salve, cream, tincture, compress, liniment or oil. It’s tonic & stimulating. The flowers are the principal resource for medicinal remedies, and needs to be dried and kept away from possible insect attacks.


It is most commonly treated with traditional medicine. However, rheumatism has been successfully treated, if not remedied, for centuries, with many different herbal remedies. Some of the herbs used are: oats, oregano, birch, marjoram, horseradish, elder, coriander, cow parsnip, cowslip, celery, chamomile, chickweed, angelica and arnica.


It might be an indication of an underlying ailment. Most frequently, however, it’s simply a gassy problem which may be treated with these herbs: valerian, oregano, pennyroyal, marshmallow, hyssop, juniper, lavender, dill, fenugreek, cumin, celery, bee balm, caraway, alfalfa, angelica, arnica and basil.

Although arnica is poisonous in large quantities, a weak tea is excellent for treating flatulence.

Another Herbs

An assortment of herbs and other foods which repair & build muscles, enhance the circulatory flow and alleviate pain comprises nettle, Oregon grape, skullcap, rosemary, chamomile, wintergreen, black cohosh, mint, lavender, cayenne, lobelia, white willow, mustard, apple cider, clove oil, garlic oil, jojoba oil, thyme, lavender, cabbage, horsetail, hawthorn, arnica and plantain.

For Sore Muscles

Arnica is one of the best pain relievers for sore muscles in addition to sprains. Make a salve or liniment using 1-2 tsp arnica (See Herb Preparation chapter). Apply to affected area every couple of hours.

Bruises are constantly treated topically, either by washes, oils & ointments or compresses & poultices. Some of the herbs used for treatment are portulaca, slippery elm, common plantain, self heal, onion, calendula, chamomile, nettle, rosemary, mullein, horsetail, lavender, garlic, hops, elder, cow parsnip, cattail, arnica and aloe.

Arnica is highly appreciated as a treatment for strains and bruises. Prepare an oil extract using 2 tablespoons of crushed arnica root for 1/2 cup of oil. Apply topically as a massage, or create a warm compress and apply to the affected area. Arnica in large amounts is poisonous, and, although occasionally taken internally, can lead to stomach irritation.

For Cuts

The principal objectives in treating cuts would be to prevent infection and prevent bleeding. Two herbs which are ideally suited to those tasks are garlic and garlic. The staining capacity of garlic and the repelling odor of garlic may be off-putting, but the styptic effect of garlic and the anti-infection properties of garlic are miraculous remedies for cuts.

A large number of different herbs work well on cuts and wounds, to heal, reduce bleeding, relieve pain and protect against infection. They include: yarrow, white willow, portulaca, sage, self heal, slippery elm, oak, onion, marigold, mullein, horehound, horsetail, hyssop, juniper, lavender, goldenrod, goldenseal, Echinacea, elecampane, feverfew, cow parsnip, cattail, chamomile, chickweed, apple and arnica.

Crush arnica, mullein seed and goldenrod leaves into a thick paste, using rubbing alcohol or warm water. Apply as a poultice on the tape and wound entire plantain leaves on top to hold in place.

Calendula, mint and lemon balm are natural insect repellents with healing properties. Other repellents include lavender, garlic, black cohosh, pennyroyal, sorrel, catnip and chamomile. Regardless, however, of just how much repellent you use, you’ll be stung or bitten during the summertime. A fast, natural repellent is handy to have available. However, it’s not always possible to prevent bites or stings. The following herbs handle the pain, itching hand swelling associated with insect bites: white willow, onion, oregano, parsley, calendula (marigold), hyssop, goldenrod, evening primrose, cattail, chickweed and arnica.