Arnica Flower Heterotheca Inuloides
Country of origin: Mexico
The whole flowers of Arnica may be infused in alcohol or oil and used to make skin care products, including facial washes, soap, salves, lotions and hair and scalp conditioners. Sometimes this herb is used in combination with other herbs with similar skin-loving qualities, such as chamomile, meadowsweet and white willow bark.
It is traditional to pick Arnica flowers at the summer solstice, also known as Midsummer’s Day, which is when they come into full bloom. It’s interesting to note that the golden flowers bear a strong resemblance to the summer sun.
While there is historical evidence that Arnica has been used safely in small and supervised doses, the consensus among most herbalists today is that it simply isn’t worth the risk of side effects to use this herb internally. This makes sense considering there are many other herbs with similar properties but without the toxicity.
Safety & Allergic reactions:
Recommended for external topical applications only. Not suitable for prolonged usage.
Because this herb is a member of the daisy family, it’s possible for allergic reactions to occur in sensitive individuals when it is used topically.