One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A plant of the daisy family that bears yellow daisylike flowers. Native to cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, it is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.
- ‘Brown-faced golden daisies bobbed in the gentle breeze; smaller arnicas vied with the fledgling's feathers for sunny brilliance.’
- ‘Beneath the dead trees, the forest floor is awash in fresh grasses and sporadic thick blooms of lupine, arnica, penstemon, and other wild flowers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Among the wildflowers are a wild geranium, an aster with smooth stems and leaves, leafy arnica, yellow monkey flower, meadow rue, and bluebells.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Researchers have isolated two powerful antioxidants from arnica that help protect tissues from oxidative stresses.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 A preparation of arnica used medicinally, especially for the treatment of bruises.
- ‘Use of 26 types of homeopathic medicines was reported, with the most frequently used being arnica.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Two days before going to hospital, I recommend the client begins a course of arnica homeopathic remedy to lessen the bruising, swelling, and soreness.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He returned with a piece of cloth smeared with arnica ointment to keep the bruise at bay.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They use only the most natural formulas; their instant refreshing gel contains soothing arnica, birch and camphor to revitalise tired legs.’
- ‘But next time your dentist needs to drill your teeth are you going to decline the anaesthetic and ask for an arnica tablet instead?’
- ‘Other companies, like Neal's Yard Remedies, go the homeopathic route, using natural substances like arnica.’
- ‘Skin creams containing vitamin C or arnica can also help bruises heal.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In between treatments, apply arnica gel to the injury site.’
- ‘For bruising and swelling after a fall, arnica is a popular and established choice.’
- ‘British researchers are divided as to the power of arnica, often prescribed by homeopaths for musculoskeletal pain.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, of unknown origin.
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