ar·​ni·​ca | \ ˈär-ni-kə How to pronounce arnica (audio) \

Definition of arnica

: any of a genus (Arnica) of composite herbs including some with bright yellow ray flowers

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This bath bomb goes the extra mile with skin soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and honey, natural pain relief in the form of eucalyptus, arnica, and hemp seed oil, and a floral scent courtesy of ylang ylang. Sunset, "These CBD Body Products Will Give You Relief (but Won’t Get You High)," 22 Jan. 2018 In fact, many of them also come with ingredients like arnica, menthol, or camphor, which may all provide a more immediate sensation of soothing or pain relief. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019 Formulated with a high dose of hydrating hyaluronic acid, these anytime, anywhere icy eye patches are the ultimate pre-party fix, thanks to a jolt of caffeine and arnica. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "These Dark Circle Treatments Are Better Than Concealer," 25 July 2018 Dark spots are no match for this Korean formula, which combines AHA with arnica (a natural anti-bacterial agent) and anti-inflammatory aloe to target patches safely and fade dark spots over time. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Game-Changing Ingredient That’s Missing From Your Daily Moisturizer," 19 July 2018 Dear sister, Spirits were low in the medic tent as supplies of probiotics and arnica dwindle. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Letters from the 'front' on Twitter mock prediction of second Civil War on July 4," 3 July 2018 Your Body Puri also recommends keeping a tube of homeopathic pain relief gel like arnica in your purse, gym bag, or briefcase. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What To Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 20 Jan. 2016 The creamy formula contains white mushroom extract to soothe swelling, redness, and itchiness, as well as arnica, which assuages inflammation almost instantly. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Best Face Masks for Reducing Redness," 11 Jan. 2018 Varejao said that arnica do mato was popular in Brazil as a homemade remedy. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Remade Trail Blazers Fall Short of Golden State Warriors in Game 1 MAY 1, 2016," 4 May 2016

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First Known Use of arnica

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arnica

New Latin

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Medical Definition of arnica

1a capitalized : a large genus of herbs (family Compositae) having flower heads that are discoid or have bright yellow rays
b : a plant of the genus Arnica
2a : the dried flower head of any of several herbs of the genus Arnica (especially A. montana) used for stimulant and local irritant effect especially in the form of a liniment for bruises, sprains, and swellings
b : a tincture made from arnica

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