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Companion Botanical Closeup: Arnica

The next feature in our Companion Botanical series is Arnica montana. Arnica is a member of the Asteraceae family of plants, similar to Helichrysum and German Chamomile, and yet another herb formulated into our CVD 1:1 Salve and our Ceres Natural Remedies Hemp Infused Salve. This trio of asters (we like to refer to as the “three sisters”) form the foundation for anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in our salve recipes. Arnica has long been a remedy for external, local healing, and a specific for treatment of sprains, bruises, arthritis affecting the hands and knees, and inflammatory skin conditions. The primary active ingredient is helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone, that research has shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It is also a toxin when consumed internally in certain amounts, so care must be...

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