Our arnica flowers are harvested from cultivated plants of the North American species, a sustainable substitute for the protected European species, Arnica Montana. Arnica is a low-growing perennial with daisy-like flowers with a yellow center and lighter color petals. The flowers are separated from the receptaclesand the bract so that arnica herb consists of the florets. Bristly white hairs attached to the ovary give the herb a somewhat fuzzy appearance.
- A member of the Compositae or aster family.
- Arnica has a faint aroma and spicy, somewhat bitter flavor.
- Our flowers are from the true arnica species.
- Cultivated by small farmers, the seeds are planted in the spring and harvested when they are in full flower.
- Common names may include Mountain Tobacco, Wolf's Bane, Leopard's Bane and flor de arnica (Spanish).
Directions: To make an herbal compress, pour 1/4 cup boiling water over 2 teaspoons of arnica and steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain.
Suggested uses: Arnica is a component of salves, ointments and other preparations to unbroken skin. Tinctures are another common preparation.
Flavor Profile: Spicy, somewhat bitter
Botanical name: Arnica montana