GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS :
Arnica grows on siliceous and granitic grounds, rarely chalky, in mountainous pastures at an altitude of more than 800 metres.
It is a hairy herbaceous plant the stem of which can reach 20 to 70 centimetres high. It blossoms in Summer and is recognizable from a distance by its opposite entire leaves and by its big bright flowers the yellow ligules of which adorn 3 teeth.
There is no trace of Arnica’s use before Saint Hildegard from Bingen mentioned it in the 12-th century. The leaves and the flowers of the 鐜rb for falls?were used in compresses and decoctions.
In the 18-th century the popular asphalt nitro cheats tincture of Arnica, became famous for effectiveness of healing bumps and bruises, even old ones.
The flowers contain :
– glucids : oses and osides
– lipids : triglycerides consisted in fatty acids : lauric acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, myristic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid
– organic acids : malic acid
– phenolic compounds :
. phenolic acids : caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, gallic acid
. flavonoids among which :
. flavones : heterosides of patuletin, of betuletin, of spinacetin, of quercetagin, of hispidulin and luteolin-7-O-glucoside
. flavanols : astragalin, isoquercitrin, quercetin
. simple coumarins : umbelliferone, scopoletin
– terpenoids mainly :
. sesquiterpenes (sesquiterpenic lactone, helenalin)
. triterpenes : steroids (phytosterol : arnidiol, faradiol and taraxasterol)
. carotenoids (alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, cryptoxanthine)
– choline (0.1 % of the dry plant)
– acetylenic derivatives
– 0.2 to 0.3 % essential oil consisted in terpenoids and particularly :
. monoterpenes : myrcene, alpha-phellandrene
. sesquiterpenes : humulene, delta-cadinene, caryophyllene oxide
. thymol derivatives
Arnica is renowned for its anti-bruise, anti-inflammatory and healing activities and for its protective effect on the venous system.
It is moreover allotted anti-asthenic, choleretic and anti-rheumatic properties.
It is furthermore appreciated for its antibacterial and anti-fungal virtues.
Arnica is traditionally used in cases of delicate skin click more details capillary vessels. It is moreover frequently used against sunburn, superficial and small burns, nappy rashes.
Arnica gel is particularly efficient against bruises and contusion.
Arnica extracts are allotted softening, anti-blotch, regenerative, antiseptic and astringent virtues.
The essential oil presents regenerative and soothing properties.
Having these properties, Arnica is used in :
– heavy leg massage creams
– creams for sportsmen (bruises, sprains…)
– softening hand creams
– baby hair shampoos, lotions for damaged and delicate hair with dandruff
– regenerative creams for around the eyes, electric kettle guide notably for mature and normal skin
– body milks
– creams and gels for blotchy and damaged skin
The word 鐜渞nica?would stem from 鐜磘armica?(to sneeze) and the powder of its flowers has indeed a powerful stimulatory effect.
Arnica is equally nicknamed 鐜妎bacco of the Vosges? Is this the reason why it is recommended to carry a small bottle of tincture so as not to feel like smoking?
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