Arnica, grass shock Vosges

In the heart of summer, the land of the Hautes-Chaumes in the Vosges mountains, grasslands have their cover of thousands of golden yellow flowers: those of Arnica montana.

At dawn, when the summer temperatures are still mild, early gatherers join the massive Markstein, located in the Regional Park of the Vosges ball. The site is one of the most important in Europe. Also, carry their shopping cart, they set out to conquer the mountain yellow gold.

Arnica, the’grass shock Vosges

Arnica, grass shock VosgesIn the quiet and darkness of an even blue night sky, a large golden carpet arnica flowers leaves soon burst its beauty. However, if that mountain plant is highly sought after, it is not so much for its aesthetic qualities, but more for its many medicinal properties.

Cure effective against bumps and bruises, Arnica montana is frequently used by the cosmeceutical pharmaceutical industry. To ensure quality and maintain all its benefits, the harvest must still take place in the coolest hours of the day to be shipped early in the morning to production sites.

But if we willingly called grass falls or sweetgrass -in because of its rapid and almost miraculous effects- demonstrated hardiness, it is no less fragile. Threatened by intensive farming and soil fertilization to forage production, arnica Vosges could disappear if a mountain landscape wide eco-citizen movement had not mobilized. Composed of farmers, pickers associations, communes, pharmaceutical companies and representatives of the Natural Park, this collective, united around the exploitation of the wild arnica, in 2007 signed the "Agreement Arnica".

To regulate the collection to preserve the resource, it imposes particular to each picker manually pull up the plant and the amounts collected are directly related to the commands of the laboratories. With this charter, theArnica montana now ensures its durability and blooms again every summer in the stubble of the Vosges.

I. Hibon

Arnica: for the record

Arnica or Arnica montana is a perennial plant that’found in subalpine meadows. L’Arnica grows on arid soil between 800 and 2400 meters’altitude and measures between 40 and 60 cm high. In France, it is found in the Alps, the Jura and Vosges. L’Arnica belongs to the Asteraceae family.

C’is apparently Hildegarde, Abbess Rupertsberg near Bingen, have the primary description of the benefits of’Arnica on contusions and bruises. That was at the Middle Ages...

In Renaissance, l’Italian Matthiole popularized the’arnica in the treatment of falls and blows. As for the Marquise de Sevigne, keen on medicine, she recommended the "’Water’arquebusade "which n’Another was that’maceration of’arnica, betony and’spurge.

But to get the tincture’Arnica such that’on the’still uses aujourd’hui, it was not until the Eighteenth century.

Arnica and its health benefits

  • Externally, the reputation of the’Arnica n’is more to do! Its benefits are widely recognized on bruises, the sprains, the joint and muscle pain. Through the’arnica, hematomas are absorbed faster. On the’used as a tincture, d’ointment, d’oil or gel. Warning: dilute the dye in’water to avoid skin irritation. Avoid the’applied on wounds and near the eyes and mouth.
  • Against concussion, pain, injury, Arnica montana proves an excellent remedy.


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  • External use

After a blow or fall, you can crumple flowers and leaves’arnica and apply poultice.

  • Decoction of flowers’arnica : 5 to 10 g of flowers in 1 liter’boiling water. Against the bruises and bruising, very hot compresses. Know that this decoction is also effective destroy lice.
  • Tincture’arnica : Marinate 200 g of flowers in 1 liter’alcohol 60% vol for 10 days. Always remember to dilute the dye, which is not to be used pure. The best way to dilute’arnica is as follows: mix 20 g of tincture’arnica with 50 g of glycerin and 60 g of’water. Use this mixture compresses on bruises, the bumps, the bruising but ever on a bleeding wound. 

Toxicity of’arnica

In very small doses, the’Arnica has a tonic and stimulating effect but it is too dangerous for that’on the’uses internally. In excess of 4 to 8 grams per liter, the‘arnica can cause deterioration of the nervous system with cold sweats, headache, abdominal pain, palpitations and breathing difficulties.

Some people are allergic to’arnica. The varieties’arnica from the Iberian peninsula do not contain’Helenalin (allergenic) and therefore are better tolerated. 

Some synonyms for the word "Arnica" to shine in society ...

It is also called "mountain arnica", "Grass falls", "Plantain Alps," "Smoking des Vosges".