Plant used for/Antiphlogistic
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- Reduces inflammation.
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|14||Arnica, Meadow||Asteraceae||Arnica chamissonis (dg fo pf wp)||2013-04-19 00:00:00||89 each seeds in||plant||21||Standard flower seed planting method, where the seeds are pressed into spongy potting soil and kept evenly moist and cool until germination, which occurs in a couple of weeks. Work up in pots and plant out to 6 inch spacing.
Seed best sown as soon as it is ripe in pots outdoors. Sow stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. A period of cold stratification is helpful. The fresh seed can germinate in 3 - 4 weeks at 13°c according to one report, though it can be slow, difficult and erratic and take 2 years to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the following spring.
Division in spring.Prefers a moist, well-drained humus rich soil, preferably lime-free. One report says that it is often found in calcareous soils in the wild. Tolerates a pH in the range 5.8 to 7.6. Prefers a mixture of sand, loam and peat. Prefers a position in full sun. Succeeds in light woodland and in a rock garden or border. Plants are hardy to about -25°c.
|Planted in loose, acidic loam soil, and given a sunny and moist position, this plant will make a carpet of live roots within a couple of years. Highly florific when happy.||sun or partial shade||moist||rich||50 each||Hardy to all temperate zones, especially at elevation.
Creeping alpine herbaceous perennial native to the American Mountain West.
Arnica is a botanical treasure that we treat with reverence. Meadow Arnica is medicinally interchangeable with Arnica Montana, is less elevation dependent than Arnica montana, and yields well from multiple flower stalks.
Arnica has a long history of herbal use, especially as an external treatment for bruises and sprains - it is an ingredient of a number of proprietary preparations.
Internally, it has been used in the treatment of heart complaints and as a booster for the immune system. Arnica increases local blood supply and accelerates healing, it is anti-inflammatory and increases the rate of absorption of internal bleeding. Generally the plant is nowadays only recommended for internal use as a homeopathic medicine, principally for treating shock, injury and pain.
If used as a decoction or tincture it stimulates the circulation and is valuable in the treatment of angina and a weak or failing heart, but it can be toxic even at quite low doses and so is rarely used this way.
The flowers are the part most commonly used, they are harvested when fully open and dried - the receptacles are sometimes removed since these are liable to be attacked by insects. The root is also used, it is harvested after the leaves have died down in the autumn and dried for later use.
Although a very valuable remedy, it should be used with caution. It has been known to cause contact dermatitis when used externally and collapse when taken internally. Only take it internally under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
The freshly crushed flowers cause sneezing if inhaled. The leaves have also been smoked as a tobacco, though it is unclear whether this was for medicinal reasons.
The whole plant, harvested when in flower, is used in homeopathic remedies. It is especially useful in the treatment of traumatic injuries, sores and bruises. The homeopathic dose has also been used effectively in the treatment of epilepsy and seasickness, and it might be of use as a hair growth stimulant.The German Commission E Monographs, a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine, approve Arnica montana for fever and colds, inflammation of the skin, cough/bronchitis, inflammation of the mouth and pharynx, rheumatism, common cold, blunt injuries, tendency to infection. The essential oil has to be diluted before being used externally.
|Antiecchymotic, Antiphlogistic, Homeopathy, Nervine, Sternutatory, Vulnerary|
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