What is it?
Arnica montana is a plant from the Compositae family which has long been used as an herbal medicine. It can be found as an ingredient in topical medicinal products, personal care products, and foods.

How do I avoid it?
Skin contact with arnica montana is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing arnica montana should result in improvement and/or the resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skincare products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or contact the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

  • Medicinal uses
    • Botanical extract is used for the treatment of sprains, bruises, and painful swellings
    • Treatment for sore mouth/throat
    • Insect bites
    • Chapped lips
    • Acne
    • Dental extraction medication
  • Skincare products/Cosmetics
    • Hair sprays, gels, tonics, and lotions
    • Soaps/Cleansers
    • Shampoos/Conditioners
    • Moisturizers
    • Perfumes
  • Fungicides
  • Food
    • Baked goods
    • Beverages
    • Candy
    • Frozen dairy desserts
    • Gelatins
    • Puddings
Other names for Arnica Montana:
  • Mountain arnica
  • Leopard’s bane
  • Wolf’s bane
  • Mountain tobacco
Primary sensitizers:
  • Helanalin (a sesquiterpene lactone)
  • Methacrylate esters
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Many other Compositae plants
  • Chamomile
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Ragweed
  • Fragrances


How safe is it?

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