Definition of arnica in English:


Pronunciation /ˈärnəkə/ /ˈɑrnəkə/


  • 1A plant of the daisy family that bears yellow, daisy-like flowers, native to cooler regions of the northern hemisphere.

    Genus Arnica, family Compositae: many species, especially mountain tobacco (A. montana) of central Europe

    ‘Brown-faced golden daisies bobbed in the gentle breeze; smaller arnicas vied with the fledgling's feathers for sunny brilliance.’
    • ‘Among the wildflowers are a wild geranium, an aster with smooth stems and leaves, leafy arnica, yellow monkey flower, meadow rue, and bluebells.’
    • ‘As we climb, the maze of trees, ferns, and blueberry bushes gives way to subalpine meadows painted with purple lupine, pale blue gentians, crimson columbine, and yellow arnica.’
    • ‘Beneath the dead trees, the forest floor is awash in fresh grasses and sporadic thick blooms of lupine, arnica, penstemon, and other wild flowers.’
    • ‘The first is a European plant, arnica montana, the homeopathic preparation of which has now been shown by Exeter University, to be useless, despite endorsements by several attractive actresses.’
    • ‘And one correspondent last week was recommending the herb arnica for her bruises - as though MacArthur could pop out to a chemist and get some.’
    • ‘Derivatives of plant leaves, flowers, stems, berries, fruits and roots account for about half of those available including some of the better known - arnica and belladonna.’
    • ‘Researchers have isolated two powerful antioxidants from arnica that help protect tissues from oxidative stresses.’
    • ‘Links lead to arnica, otherwise knows as Leopard's bane, a daisy that is a narcotic and stimulant used to treat bruises, found in the mountains of Europe.’
    1. 1.1A preparation of the arnica plant used medicinally, especially for the treatment of bruises.
      ‘Skin creams containing vitamin C or arnica can also help bruises heal.’
      • ‘Use of 26 types of homeopathic medicines was reported, with the most frequently used being arnica.’
      • ‘In between treatments, apply arnica gel to the injury site.’
      • ‘Cold or heat packs may help relieve pain and swelling, and some people find that the natural anti-inflammatory arnica will bring relief, taken as tablets or rubbed into the body as a cream.’
      • ‘The act of rubbing it in may well be soothing, but in four placebo controlled trials arnica was found to be no more effective than the placebo.’
      • ‘For strained muscles, tendonitis, inflammation and bruises, arnica - also known as Arnica montana or mountain daisy - is extremely effective.’
      • ‘He returned with a piece of cloth smeared with arnica ointment to keep the bruise at bay.’
      • ‘There's no research to say which methods are most effective but some women find that ice packs, warm baths, and herbal remedies such as calendula cream or arnica can be helpful.’
      • ‘For bruising and swelling after a fall, arnica is a popular and established choice.’
      • ‘‘If you broke your leg in a snowboarding accident, arnica would be a great thing to take to relieve pain and support the healing process,’ Watkins says.’
      • ‘Other companies, like Neal's Yard Remedies, go the homeopathic route, using natural substances like arnica.’
      • ‘Two days before going to hospital, I recommend the client begins a course of arnica homeopathic remedy to lessen the bruising, swelling, and soreness.’
      • ‘British researchers are divided as to the power of arnica, often prescribed by homeopaths for musculoskeletal pain.’
      • ‘They use only the most natural formulas; their instant refreshing gel contains soothing arnica, birch and camphor to revitalise tired legs.’
      • ‘If the child is very uncomfortable and restless, wet a washcloth with tepid water and arnica tincture (you should be able to find this at your local natural foods store or vitamin shop) or lemon juice.’
      • ‘On the massage table, she massaged my body with arnica gel, starting on my upper back and shoulders, where I am prone to pain and tightness.’
      • ‘I wouldn't go to a homeopath if I needed a hip replacement, but I would take arnica and drink comfrey tea to help me recover afterwards.’
      • ‘Topical arnica products, which are also useful for treating bruises, may be used as an alternative to horse chestnut extracts and are also widely available.’
      • ‘But next time your dentist needs to drill your teeth are you going to decline the anaesthetic and ask for an arnica tablet instead?’
      • ‘We receive numerous testimonials every day, both here at Nelsonbach and in our homeopathic pharmacy, from consumers who have been delighted with the results arnica offers.’


Mid 18th century modern Latin, of unknown origin.