This orange-yellow flower which is part of the daisy family, produces flat rosette like petals from a flower stalk that soars 1 to 2 feet high. Known more formally as Arnica Montana, this herb from Central Europe has been used for centuries for a number of health concerns.
Using primarily the flower and rootstock, Arnica is commonly used in the treatment of heart failure and coronary artery disease. If you are suffering from any type of inflammation, this herbs has been developed into a mouthwash and gargle for fighting inflammation of the mucus membranes. Arnica has also been known to help prevent bruising and swelling after traumatic skin injuries and prevents the blood platelets from gathering to the site of injury.
I have seen this herb used as a homeopathic in the form of a gel, cream, and pills primarily to assist with the discomfort of pain and inflammation. Although this herb sounds like a wonder drug, there are some precautions that you should be aware of.
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If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have IBS or ulcers or have hypertension or a rapid hear beat, Arnica could prove to be unsafe. As with any herb or drug please consult your physician before use.