ARNICA (Arnica Montana)
Other names: Mountain Tobacco
Arnica was widely used in 16th Century folk medicine.
Arnica contains polyacetylenic compounds in the form of volatile oils such as flavones, arnicin, phulin, inulin as well as unknown substances that have an effect on the circulatory system. It also contains substances which increase biliary secretions.
Arnica is a stimulant, a diuretic and a rubefacient. It is an irritant to the digestive tract and kidneys and must not be used internally. External uses are for sprains, bruising and dislocations, as well as phlebitis and contusions.
Homeopathic doses of Arnica are effective in epilepsy, seasickness and it has been used as a gargle for treating inflammations of the throat.
Arnica can be used as a hair growth stimulant. In mild cases of hair loss (such as after an illness), Arnica can help the hair grow. Use a weak mixture of Arnica tincture and water and apply to the scalp once a day.
A footbath of water and Arnica tincture (1 tablespoon tincture to 2 cups of warm water) is excellent to relieve tired and aching feet.
Arnica is extremely poisonous and is toxic if taken internally. Repeated external use of Arnica may cause skin irritations.