Arnica, a perennial herb with yellow flowers found in mountainous areas of central Europe, is one of the most often used plants in herbal medicine, most famous for being cited as able to help relieve bruising but it also has some great skincare benefits. It is antiseptic, has astringent effects and is anti microbial which can help to maintain acne prone skin. It's circulation boosting due to the flavanoids within, anti inflammatory and healing properties help tissue renewal as well as managing damaged skin.
It's picked between May and June and the flowers are macerated in a carrier oil which slowly turns orange from the petals of the flowers. Harvesting of arnica flowers is carefully controlled because it is an endangered species.
Arnica can cause skin sensitivity in some cases so always do a patch test and see medical advice.
INCI Name: Arnica Montana
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