Meadow Arnica Seeds
Meadow Arnica Seeds
Chemical-free farm-grown Meadow Arnica (Arnica chamissonis) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to sell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 50-70 seeds)
Arnica, Meadow Arnica, American Arnica
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
North America, PNW and across Canada and the Western US.
To 2ft tall in bloom, and spreading by rhizomes. A sea of golden yellow flowers appear in late-May or early-June.
It will do fine in all soil types and full sun or filtered sun.
Seeds germinate easily and can be direct sown in fall or spring, or started in flats in the spring and then transplanted.
Meadow Arnica has been my favourite Arnica species for growing thus far, after many years of struggling to grow A. montana. Meadow Arnica is a breeze to grow, it forms dense patch quickly in the garden. It can be dug and divided after a few years to encourage vigour. Plants can be cut back in fall time.
Both the flowers and leaves make wonderful medicine. The flowers when dried will turn to 'fluff' (ie. go to seed) so are best used fresh or wilted to prepare an oil. The leaves can be used both fresh and dried. My favourite arnica preparations are an infused oil, salve, and liniment. I use it in my 'Aches & Pains' salve blend combined with Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), and our native Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum) and Poplar Bud (Populus trichocarpa).
Arnica is not for internal use.
This species of Arnica is considered medicinally interchangeable with the European species Arnica montana.
Popular throughout history for pain and inflammation, Arnica is one of the more commonly known medicinal herbs. It has survived the push of modern pharmaceuticals over traditional herbs, and a cream made from the flowers can still often be found on the contemporary allopathic pharmacy shelves as well as in the herbal apothecary.
Arnica is one of the best herbs to apply in cases of bruising, sprains, torn muscles, or any trauma to the muscular-skeletal system. It is anti-inflammatory and pain relieving topically. Applied moments after trauma, Arnica can prevent bruising, swelling and pain, and help to significantly speed healing. It is also very helpful for relieving symptoms of tendonitis, arthritis, and general body pain.
Arnica is recommended for external use only, and not for use on open wounds. Arnica contains helenalin, which is toxic if large amounts of the plant are taken internally. Large doses of the toxin can potentially cause severe digestive upset, and inflammation and internal bleeding of the digestive tract.
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