4. Arnica

Common name Arnica

Latin name Arnica montana

Parts used Flowers, rhizome, roots


System affinities

Arnica Is most often applied for disorders of the circulatory system.


Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Arnica is warming and slightly wetting.  As such it has been considered as a blood purifier.  It is best applicable to the kapha dosha, which in excess is characterized by damp torpor.  Arnica is well-known as a herbal and homeopathic remedy for traumatic injuries, bruises and strains, as it is anti-inflammatory, analgesic and immune-stimulating. Less well known is the Arnica flower essence, which addresses the emotional and energetic aspect of trauma, helping our Higher Self to re-engage with the distressed body to nurture recovery and rebalancing.


Taste/Quality

Arnica is sweet and pungent.


Indications

Arnica should be considered in cases of internal injuries, bruises, and sprains.  It is particularly useful in blood and heart disorders like hematoma, hemophilia and heart disease.  Additionally, due to its strengthening effect on the circulatory system Anica will help with bone pains and soreness.  


Warnings/Contraindications

Avoid during pregnancy or breast-feeding.  In excess it may cause dizziness or heart irregularities.  It is not intended to be used locally on external wounds.   It may cause some stomach irritation.  

It raises blood pressure especially in the coronary arteries.


History/Lore

The word arnica comes from the Greek arnikis which means lamb coat. This may refer to the flower’s furry sepals. The German name for arnica is Wolfsblume or Wolf Flower. 

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.


Habitat

Arnica montana grows in nutrient-poor siliceous meadows or clay soils.[8] It mostly grows on alpine meadows and up to nearly 3,000 m (9,800 ft). In more upland regions, it may also be found on nutrient-poor moors and heaths.


Dosing/Formulas