DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Arnica montana or A. chamissonis are low growing perennial plants that spread slowly, but form a thick mat. A. Montana prefers dry, gravely soil while A. Chamissonis prefers richer, more organic based soil.
PART USED: flowers. Arnica blooms in early summer for about a month, so collect these twice a week or every other day to maximize flower production. They puff out into dandelion seed-like structures when dried, so would do well to dry in an airy bag, basket or made into an infused oil with fresh but wilted flowers.
FUNCTION: This is the prime topical remedy for relieving overworked or sore joints and muscles. It is a great companion for athletes or elderly- improves vascular function.
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