Arnica, Heart Leaf

Arnica cordifolia


Positive qualities: Conscious embodiment, especially during shock or trauma; recovery from deep-seated shock or trauma.
Patterns of imbalance: Disconnection of Higher Self from body during shock or trauma; disassociation, unconsciousness; dysfunction or latent illness deriving from past trauma


“Arn loves adventure and taking risks, although he will admit that his latest adventure shook him up. He was flying over the mountain side in an engineless hand-glider that resembled a giant kite. Suddenly at 10,000 feet one of the wings collapsed. He felt a shock come over him as he plummeted downward. With the ground racing towards him he pulled up hard on what was left of the glider hoping to lessen the impact of the fall.

Arn woke up in the back of an ambulance speeding its way to the hospital with sirens blaring. How long had he been unconscious? Was he ok? He felt disoriented as if part of him was still flying above the mountain. Had he really just fallen out of the sky?

Miraculously there were no broken bones. But in the weeks since the accident Arn just hasn’t felt whole. He has a constant feeling of being disconnected or disassociated from himself. His body was intact, but had he broken his spirit? Would he ever be able to regain his old adventurous life? The shock and trauma from the fall seemed to be frozen into his body, creating a split that would not allow his spirit to fully reintegrate.”


Arnica flower essence is one of those rare essences that has similar actions as a tincture, flower essence and homeopathic remedy. In all forms it is used to help with shock or trauma. It is useful after an accident, surgery, abuse, emotional distress or spiritual over-expansion. Heart-leafed Arnica grows on the rough slopes of the Rocky Mountains, a place where it is easy to slip and fall, bruising yourself. As a homeopathic it is used for bruises, sprains, strains and contusions. As a flower essence, Arnica can be used when the ego is bruised, or emotionally stretched too far. The flower essence helps deal with emotions that often get locked in the body after accidents, or violent experiences. In traumatic times, our Higher Self often disassociates from the physical body, sometimes having a hard time to properly re-enter all parts after the trauma is over. This leaves a ‘heavy’, non-vital energy in the associated physical, or auric field. Sometimes after abuse or trauma a person attracts unwanted spirits that are not beneficial. Arnica flower essence can help disassociated them from this type of unwanted attention.

Arnica flower essence is especially useful when dealing with psychosomatic or puzzling illnesses that do not respond to conventional treatment. It will aid in removing a sense of fear, helping people who have paranoid feelings of always being hurt. It is very useful in many autoimmune type issues such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Sometimes when using Arnica flower essence the emotional aspects of the original trauma are re-experienced. In this way the Self can start to reintegrate the emotional and physical body. It gives a person the strength to move forward. Arnica flower essence can be used to release held shock from previous trauma, long after the incidence, or as a short term first aid type remedy allowing a more rapid recovery. Often this shock is bound up in the muscles. Arnica flower essence aids in unraveling the shock held in the physical body making it useful after accidents.

Chakra: Solar plexus and Root

Affirmation: I am the conscious embodiment of my higher self, and my body and spirit are fully connected.

Symptoms Which Indicate
Addiction, Animals and Animal Care, Detoxification, Emergency, Energetic Patterns, Improving Energy, Nervous System Disorders, Pain, Shock from past trauma, Spiritual Emergency or Opening, The Healing Process, Time Relationship