Arnica is a plant that has been used since the Middle Ages and is especially sought after for its many medicinal properties.
Arnica (Arnica montana) is a perennial plant in the Asteraceae family, native to the mid-mountain regions of southern Russia, Europe and America.
Arnica, the shock herb from the Vosges
Remedy effective against blows and bruises, arnica montana is frequently used by the cosmetopharmaceutical industry.
Threatened by intensive breeding and soil fertilization for the production of fodder, Arnica des Vosges could have disappeared from the mountain landscape if avast eco-citizen movement had not mobilized. Composed of farmers, associations of gatherers, municipalities, pharmaceutical laboratories and representatives of the Natural Park, this collective, united around the exploitation of wild arnica, signed in 2007 the "Arnica Convention".
Aiming to regulate harvesting in order to preserve the resource, it imposes in particular on each picker manually pull out the plant and that the quantities collected are directly linked to laboratory orders. Thanks to this charter, thearnica montana now ensures its sustainability and flourishes every summer in the Vosges.
Arnica and its health and pain benefits
- For external use, arnica is mainly used in the treatment of hematomas, inflammations, small hemorrhages and pains articular and muscular.
- In surgery, arnica relieves some post-operative pain.
- In dermatology, it treats insect bites and inflammatory skin diseases.
- Thanks to his actionanti-inflammatory and antibacterial, arnica tincture (let 200g of flowers macerate in one liter of 60% alcohol for ten days), used diluted, relieves some ENT disorders such as sore throat, tonsillitis, gingivitis and oral pain.
- It is used as a tincture, ointment, oil or gel. Warning : Avoid applying it to wounds and near the eyes and mouth.
- Arnica flower decoction (10 g of flowers in a liter of boiling water) would be effective as an anti lice.
- Arnica cannot be used than externally (except when it is in the form of homeopathic treatment). In case of ingestion, the presence of amicine, which is highly toxic, may cause poisoning.