Arnica (Arnica montana L. ), known also as leopards-bane, wolfsbane, and European arnica, is a member of the Compositae (Asteraceae) family. This attractive herb is native to the mountains of Siberia and central Europe.
The word arnica comes from the Greek arnikis which means lamb coat. This may refer to the flower’s furry sepals.
The German name for arnica is Wolfsblume or Wolf Flower. Ancient tradition had it that the spirit of the Corn Wolf wandered among the cornfields adding his strength to the coming harvest. Arnica was placed around the fields to prevent him from escaping before the corn was ready to be harvested. His spirit then entered the final sheaf that was cut and it was later carried to the village in honor. (Note: Corn, in this case, refers to grain in general, not maize specifically.)
Arnica has been wildly popular in Germany for centuries
The names "wolf's bane" and "leopard's bane" are also used for another plant, aconitum, which is extremely poisonous
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