The Arnika belongs to the mountain plants; and yet she is here, flowering beautifully, in our herb garden. The scientific name is Arnica Montana. The crawling rhizome first forms a leaf rosette of yellow-green, oval, finely haired leaves and then grows upwards with a straight flowering stalk, with a powerful appearing flower bud on it. The tincture is good to use for stiff, sensitive, cold and stuck muscles. Fill a pot with 20 grams of arnika flowers and roots. Pour 100 ml of alcohol, grain gin or vodka in the pott. Close the bottle well and leave it in a dark place for three weeks; shake the bottle a little every day. If you want to know more about the herbs growing in our garden, I recommend you my book "Afrikantje and 99 other herbs".
The use of herbs and their medicinal effect goes back to the very beginning of our history.
The earliest civilizations already used plants instinctively for both nutrition and healing. Also, the ancient Egyptians practiced herbal medicine - at a particularly high level. The Jewish people know clergymen who heal people with herbs. Around 460 BC, the father of medicine, Hypocrates, works in Greece. The Romans use herbs and flowers in various ways. In China, herbal systems have traditionally been developed for therapies. Native American Shamans and indigenous African cultures use herbs for healing and rituals.
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