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|EXTERNAL USE ONLY!!
NOT to be used on open wounds!! Not to be used without medical supervision! Causes large increases in blood pressure. Arnica is CARDIAC TOXIC! The essential oil is very powerful and must be used highly diluted. Do not use internally under any circumstances. Arnica should be dispensed by PROFESSIONALS ONLY. Internal use of Arnica can lead to death. Use only commercial products which are deemed safe for external use. Homeopathic preparations can be safely used. It's use is RESTRICTED in the United Kingdom and ruled unsafe in the United States. Internal use can severely irritate stomach. Can cause toxicity and blistering of internal mucosa. Can cause contact dermatitis when used externally...fair skinned and fair haired people are more likely to experience this. Can cause collapse upto and including death when taking internally. It initially lowers heartbeat and blood pressure, then dramatically raises it; irritates the digestive tract and kidneys. A little too much can cause dizziness and tremors. Taken internally is said to lead to transient depression and debility. Repeated external use can produce severe irritation/inflammation of the skin (helenalin the causative agent for skin irritation). Only dilute solutions of the tincture should be used as it can cause blistering and inflammation where applied.