Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Arnica contest!

Go check out Bitless horse blog! She is having a fun Arnica contest! All my pets and I use Arnica daily! It is wonderful stuff!

More info on Arnica. ENJOY!!!! Janine
What is Arnica?

The perennial arnica grows from 0.3 to 0.6 m. Oval-shaped, opposite leaves form a basal rosette close to the soil surface. Arnica has bright yellow, daisy-like flowers that, when dried, are the primary parts used. However, the roots and rhizomes are also utilized. Arnica is native to the mountainous regions of Europe and southern Russia. The unrelated plant monkshood (Aconitumspp.) is referred to as wolf's bane.

What is Arnica used for?

General uses
Arnica and its extracts have been widely used in folk and homeopathic medicine as a treatmentfor acne, boils, bruises, rashes, sprains, pains, and other wounds. Overall, there does not appear to be sufficient evidence to support the use of arnica as an anti-inflammatory or analgesic agent, or to prevent bruising; however, heterogeneity of doses and delivery forms (as well as indications) in available clinical studies makes generalizations difficult.
Traditional/Ethnobotanical uses
Internal and external preparations made from the flowering heads of arnica have been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Arnica was used extensively in European folk medicine and alcoholic tinctures were produced by early North American settlers to treat sore throats, as a febrifuge, and to improve circulation. Homeopathic uses included the treatment of surgical or accidental trauma, as an analgesic, and in the treatment of postoperative thrombophlebitis and pulmonary emboli. It has been used externally for acne, bruises, sprains and muscle aches. In addition, it has been used as a general topical counterirritant and a CNS stimulant, as well as an antibacterial for abrasions and gunshot wounds. Arnica is also an ingredient in hair tonics,dandruff treatments, perfumes, and cosmetics.

What is the dosage of Arnica?

Arnica should not be administered orally or applied to broken skin where absorption can occur. No consensus exists on topical dosing, and evidence from clinical trials is lacking to support therapeutic dosing. In homeopathic use, less concentrated strengths such as 200 C, 1 M (1,000 C), and 10 M (10,000 C) (C = centisimal dilution [1 part in 100]; M = millesimal dilution [1 part in 1,000]), are recommended for use pre- and postsurgically; clinical evidence is lacking to support therapeutic dosing.

Is Arnica safe?

Contraindications have not yet been identified.
Uterine stimulant action. Avoid use.
None well documented.
Side Effects
Homeopathic doses of arnica are unlikely to exert any adverse reactions because of the minimal amount ingested. Arnica irritates mucous membranes and causes stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Allergy and contact dermatitis have been reported.
The plant is poisonous and ingestion can cause gastroenteritis, dyspnea, cardiac arrest, and death.


  1. Haha well! You certainly know more about Arnica than I did. I do believe they do have an oral arnica which is safe to ingest. I haven't tried it but I hear it's wonderful stuff.

  2. thanks for sharing!! very interesting!