For the Love of Arnica

Summer is an exciting time for Boiron. It’s when Arnica montana, the plant used to make the active ingredient in our Arnicare products, is ready for harvesting. Any day now when the conditions are right, pickers will gather together in the meadows of the Vosges, Alps, Pyrenees, and other French mountains to select the best of this remarkable plant.

Arnica montana is the Latin name for a perennial that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with yellow, daisy-like flowers. You might be familiar with its common names — mountain daisy, leopard’s bane, and mountain tobacco. This variety flourishes in only a few locations, including the mountainsides of central Europe, where it blooms between July and August.

With its unique habitat and growing requirements, Arnica is fragile and hard to cultivate. In Europe, the limited wild supply is protected to avoid overharvesting. Boiron goes to great lengths to ensure that the Arnica we use is responsibly sourced. Our harvesting process is done completely by hand to preserve the survival of this species and the land on which it grows.

This freshly picked Arnica is then delivered in cooled trucks to our laboratories in Lyon, where it must be processed within 48 hours to retain potency. Teams of botanists and pharmacists examine and clean every flower. Moisture levels are checked, and other tests are conducted to verify health and quality before the plants are prepared into tinctures for medicine. From root to petal, the whole plant is used to make the homeopathic creamsgelsointmentstablets, and pellets you love and rely on for pain relief.

Follow Arnicare on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for news and announcements about this year’s harvest.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Boiron’s Arnica is carefully selected by hand to ensure the biodiversity of this plant and land.

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A Better Way to Survive Allergy Season

More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It’s also one of the most common conditions affecting children. So chances are you or a loved one suffer from symptoms each spring.

Picture of a box of RhinAllergy tablets surrounded by multidose tubes for allergies.
Put away the tissues and pick up homeopathic medicines this allergy season.

This is where homeopathic medicines can help relieve bothersome allergy symptoms and, in the worst cases, decrease the need for heavy medication, says Boiron’s pharmacist Christophe Merville, D.Pharm. “Homeopathic medicines are used in many countries as a first line of treatment for allergies, precisely because they are less invasive and more cost-effective,” says Merville. He recommends the following medicines for allergies.

Allium cepa 6C can help with allergic or viral runny nose accompanied by spasmodic sneezing with irritating and watery discharge and improved by fresh air.* When skin or mucous membranes are swollen, pink-red and itching, Apis mellifica 30C can provide relief.* Histaminum hydrochloricum 30C relieves hay fever, hives, or even a reaction to an insect bite.* The homeopathic preparation of stinging nettle called Urtica urens 6C is useful for hives and skin rashes.*

To use these medicines, simply let five pellets dissolve under your tongue three times a day, or every 20 minutes during an episode of hay fever.

Allium cepa and Histaminum hydrochloricum are two of the active ingredients foundin RhinAllergyformerly known as Sabadil. This non-drowsy allergy medicine conveniently addresses a variety of symptoms from upper respiratory allergies or hay fever, including itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy throat and nose.* Looking for allergy relief for kids? RhinAllergy is also available in quick-dissolving tablets and slightly-sweet pellets for children ages 2 and up.

The homeopathic medicines listed above have no known drug interactions and can be used with other medications and allergy treatments, including immunotherapy shots.


*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

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