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Mexican arnica is used to produce infused oils and tinctures for use in making topical salves, balms, soaps and other formulations for the skin and hair.
Botanical Name: Heterotheca inuloides
Plant Part Used: Flowering tops
Approx. Cups/Lb: 35
Active Compounds: sesquiterpene lactones of the helenanolid type, predominantly ester derivatives of helenalin and 11,13-dihydrohelenalin. Additionally, the herb contains flavonoids (e.g., isoquercitrin, luteolin-7-glucoside, and astragalin), volatile oil (with thymol and its derivatives), phenol carbonic acid (chlorogenic acid, cynarin, caffeic acid), and coumarins (umbelliferone, scopoletin).
Safety: All arnica species are toxic, even in small doses. Use of this herb is limited to topical applications and homeopathic preparations.