This botanical extract is derived from the flowerheads of the Arnica Montana plant. Arnica is a perennial plant that grow in the wild in alpine meadows. Arnica flowers have been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s and is still popular today.
The herb is primarily for external use. Arnica Montana flowers contain sesquiterpene lactones, phenol carbonic acid, flavonoids, coumarins, and volatile oil. Helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone, is the main restorative compound in Arnica Montana, along with flavoids, help soothe and renew the skin after exposure to stress.
Arnica’s antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties may be of some benefit to those with inflammatory skin disorders. It also stimulates the forming the granular tissues and thus accelerating the healing process. Because of its healing properties, Arnica can be used on bruises, sunburn, minor burns, as well as superficial phlebitis.
According to recent studies Triterpene from flowers of Arnica montana is one of the most potent among known plant inhibitors of melanin biosynthesis in cultured cells, being 50 times more potent than 4-methoxyphenol, which is used as an anti-pigmentation agent
Safety Information: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) l includes Arnica montana flowers on its list of natural flavoring substances permitted for direct addition to food. FDA: Link to Code of Federal Regulations for Licorice and Licorice derivatives: Sec. 172.510 Natural flavoring substances and natural substances used in conjunction with flavors.
The safety of Arnica Montana and its Flower Extract has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that additional data were needed to determine whether Arnica Montana Flower Extract and Arnica Montana were either safe or unsafe for use in cosmetics and personal care products.
Arnica Montana and its Flower Extract may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union. Link to the EU Cosmetics Directive: Cosmetic ingredients database
- Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin Vol. 30 (2007) No. 5 P 873-879 – A novel melanin inhibitor: hydroperoxy traxastane-type triterpene from flowers of Arnica montana
- Review Article Botanicals In Dermatology American Journal of Clinical Dermatology August 2010, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 247-267 – Botanicals in dermatology