Forage Friday #129 Mountain Arnica

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image, “Mountain Arnica 91821”, was taken specifically for Forage Friday and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Please remember that Forage Friday is presented as trivia and not to be mistaken for medical advice.

⚠️ WARNING, Arnica Montana contains the toxic component “helenalin” which can be poisonous if eaten in large quantities. Contact with the plant can cause dermatitis.

Tonight’s post is going to be fairly short as I don’t have any food uses for tonight’s plant. I had always thought that Arnica was a western species until it literally popped up at my doorstep. This happy little yellow plant is the same thing that’s in Arnica gel which is found on pharmacy shelves.

Arnica Montana is listed as being native to Europe and is one of the plants that’s known as wolve’s bane. ( The other one that I’m aware of is monkshood)

Mountain Arnica is traditionally used topically to treat bruises, arthritis, sprain and strained muscles and is considered anti-inflammatory in spite of also having a reputation for causing a rash. Some scientists say that Arnica helps by stimulating circulation to the treated area.

That’s it for tonight’s #foragefriday. As we enter the dormant period in my part of the Appalachian Mountains finding new subjects to photograph and post becomes increasingly challenging. My original goal was find at least 100 useful plants growing locally and provide something interesting to read about. It’s possible that I’ll have to skip Forage Friday until the Spring. There would be a post on Friday but it would be a different topic.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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