If you have ever read a book on medicinal herbs, and specifically about Arnica, you may have read that A. montana is not particularly safe to eat. This was (and, to a degree, still is) my original understanding of the herb.
Is Arnica toxic? The health benefits of A. montana are derived from sesquiterpene lactones, a class of chemical compounds commonly found in many plants throughout the world. Our research into the health benefits of Arnica montana led us to the chemical Helenalin.
What Is Helenalin?
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