Arnica Montana flowers in nature

What is Arnica Montana?

A complete overview of Arnica Montana and its powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dealing with pain isn’t easy, and if you are someone that battles pain on a frequent basis, you may have heard about arnica, or Arnica Montana.

Arnica has been gaining popularity over the last several years, but similar to other effective homeopathic remedies, the plant has been used for millennia for its natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

Here is everything that you need to know about arnica for pain relief:

What is arnica?

A member of the daisy family, Arnica Montana is a perennial plant that grows in the mountains of western North America, as well as the sunny alpine meadows of Europe, Central Asia, and Siberia, where it has been traditionally used for centuries as a topical remedy known to help soothe mild skin injuries, muscle tenderness, strains, and joint swelling.

The arnica flower is bright yellow in color and is oftentimes referred to as the “mountain daisy” because of its resemblance to the commonly-recognized flower. The plant is also known as mountain tobacco, leopard’s bane, wolf’s bane, and mountain arnica.

Native Americans were known to employ the plant for topical injuries, muscle sprains, wounds, and bruises. Today, people around the world are successfully using arnica to treat soreness, inflammation, bruising, and swelling that results from many different types of physical trauma.

What makes arnica effective?

Arnica acts as a strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial agent. The plant’s renowned anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to a naturally occurring compound called helenalin, which makes it ideal for reducing bruising and swelling after injuries. The same compound makes it effective against irritating insect bites.

Arnica’s analgesic properties make it useful for relieving pain associated with sprains, bruises, and other types of injuries. According to a 2016 review, the use of homeopathic arnica after surgery was found to be a safe and effective way to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising after the procedure.

As the arnica flower extract is able to deeply penetrate the skin in order to reach the area of pain, it provides long-lasting relief of discomfort by supporting a healthy inflammatory response.

The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of arnica, and the way it fully absorbs into the skin to actually reach the pain area, are what make the plant one of the most effective and widely-used plant-based applications for pain management.

How is arnica administered?

Pure arnica is considered toxic when ingested, and therefore not generally safe to consume as an oral supplement. If you choose to use arnica for pain, topical creams, lotions, and gels derived from the flower can be safely applied as a topical agent to lessen symptoms of joint pain, swelling, muscle soreness, bruising, and inflammation.

Rightful uses arnica as an active ingredient in the Rightful Relief Cream, along with calendula, menthol, camphor, and nano-emulsified hemp extract. This safe and effective topical solution was designed by Rightful Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, to provide soothing whole body relief of daily discomforts.

Rightful Relief Cream is ideal for any adult who needs the temporary relief of discomfort related to physical activity, over-exertion, or everyday joint and muscle complaints. An enriching base of five plant oils including jojoba, avocado, and almond oil, absorbs quickly, leaving the skin feeling non-greasy. Learn more about this effective, natural pain relief cream, here.

If you have questions about arnica, or how it’s used in Rightful Relief Cream, reach out to our Customer Care Team or on-staff pharmacist at We’re always happy to hear from you.