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Updated on November 15, 2020

Scientific: Arnica montana [WikiPedia]

Appearance: Arnica is a graceful woodland plant in the same family as the sunflower, native to Central Europe and the western United States. Its yellow flowers are collected at summer’s end and dried for traditional use. There are many viable species of arnica flowers found around the globe, some of which are found in North American mountain ranges and woodlands.

Parts Used: Fresh or dried flowers. The root is also used in European herbal preparations.

Common Uses: Arnica is used primarily in wound care and for dilation of blood vessels. These properties aid in the care of muscles especially spasms. Arnica is used in holistic veterinary care for fractures, sprains, and bruising. Working and sporting dogs can really benefit from the external use of Arnica. Whole herb Arnica can be toxic if ingested so you need to be careful when using it. As an herb or oil, Arnica needs to be wrapped and your dog has to be kept from licking the preparation. However, Arnica has had amazing internal results when used homeopathically, meaning in minute amounts in a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic remedies are very effective even though they only contain trace amounts of the medicines they administer. Using whole herb medicine, Arnica can prove harmful by causing internal bleeding (in large quantities) because it stimulates the dilation and circulation of blood vessels. For this reason, Arnica should not be used on open wounds.

Alternatives and Adjuncts: Saint-Johns-Wort, ginger, cayenne and yarrow.

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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.

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