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Heartleaf Arnica (Arnica cordifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Heartleaf Arnica
Arnica cordifolia

This plant is used as a hair conditioner[172]. No further details are given.

  • Medicinal Use

    The whole plant is antiecchymotic, antiphlogistic, nervine, sternutatory and vulnerary[172]. When applied intravenously or orally it causes a rise in body temperature[212].

    All parts of the plant may be used[212], but the flowers are used in preference to the root[207, 212]. They have a discutient property and a tincture is used as an external application to swellings, sprains, bruises and wounds[207, 257]. A salve applied to cuts helps to keep down infections[212].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    The whole plant is toxic and should only be used for external applications to unbroken skin[172].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in a cold frame[200]. Only just cover the seed and make sure that the compost does not dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring[200].
Prefers a moist, well-drained humus rich soil, preferably lime-free[200]. Prefers a mixture of sand, loam and peat[1].
Western N. America – Alaska to New Mexico.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.