Arnica (Arnica Montana) is a perennial that grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet, with yellow-orange flowers similar to daisies. Stems are round and hairy, ending in 1 to 3 flower stalks, with flowers 2 to 3 inches across and bright green leaves. The upper leaves are toothed and slightly hairy, while lower leaves have rounded tips. Arnica is native to the mountains of Europe and Siberia, and is cultivated in North America.
Arnica has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and is still very popular today. Arnica preparations are frequently used by professional athletes. Applied to the skin as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, arnica has been used to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds. It is commonly used for the treatment of surgical or accidental trauma injuries such as sprains, bruises, and can also be used for sunburns, and bug bites.
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