Arnica (Arnica Montana)
Arnica montana, a member of the Asteraceae (or sunflower) family, is known for its characteristically large, yellow flower head. Native to Europe, this perennial herb has naturalized in mountainous regions across North America. Arnica flowers are generally infused as arnica oil and blended into topical formulas.
Arnica is a graceful woodland plant in the same family as the sunflower, native to Central Europe and the western United States. Its yellow flowers are collected at summer's end and dried for traditional use. There are many viable species of arnica flowers found around the globe, some of which are found in North American mountain ranges and woodlands.
The most commercially available species is Arnica montana, which is the species available for purchase from us. This species of arnica is native to Europe, with a natural range stretching from the southern Iberian Peninsula to Scandinavia.
The plant has large flower heads with brilliant yellow coloration. Flowers begin to appear during mid-summer and continue blooming well into autumn. For best results, they should be harvested early in the blooming season. The dried flowers are fluffy and fibrous and can be irritating to the nose if handled improperly. Additional common names include European arnica, leopard’s bane, and mountain tobacco.
Arnica is masculine in nature and associated with Midsummer, the harvest and harvest spirits. It is sacred to Freya, Ra and Apollo. It is aligned with the sun and the element of fire.
To drive away thunderstorms burn arnica and say “Set arnica alight, set arnica alight, thunderstorm take flight.”
Arnica can be used in general protective rituals as well as rituals for the fertility of crops.
Arnica can be planted around an area to keep a spirit from entering or leaving. It will only work until the plant dies back in the fall.
Not for internal use. Do not use on open wounds or broken skin. Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family should exercise caution. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.