Indicated to solve skin problems, due to its astringent and healing properties, Brazilian arnica is seen as an excellent natural medicine. It may also be known as wild arnica, terreiro arnica, lancenta grass and golden ear, depending on the region.

In addition to fighting skin damage, the plant can also be used for other purposes. The plant is native to Brazil and can be identified in any of the regions.

It is considered perennial, that is, it is accessible throughout the year. It is a small plant, reaching a height of up to 1.2 meters.

The Brazilian arnica (silvestri) has many leaves and the flowers, seen as one of its main characteristics, have tubular shapes, yellow-gold. The entire plant exudes a mild aroma and has been applied in natural medicine for many years, spread by the caboclos.

Active principles

All parts of the plant can be used to prevent and cure many diseases. This comes from the active principle of each of the parts: aerial (quercitrin, glycosidic flavonoid, tannins, saponins, resins, essential oil); roots (diterpenes inulin and rutin, quinic acid, rhamnosides, caffeic, chlorogenic, hydrocinnamic and its derivatives).


The use of Brazilian arnica (silvestri) is quite common in cases of skin-related problems. Among them, treatment of wounds, abrasions, traumas and bruises. Usually the treatment is done with direct application of the plant over the affected area.

For the plant to be applied, it must first go through a process of decoction in alcohol, using dry parts of the plant, such as leaves and stems. Once this is done, just use a piece of cotton soaked in the substance, applied to the injury site.


When using the dried plant, pay attention to how it is packaged. Because it can be prone to accumulate fungus, parasites and dust, which apparently is the cause of adverse reactions.