This tropical healing herb (Arnica Montana) is a member of the large composites or sunflower, family. Native to the mountains of Europe and Siberia, it is now found in North America. It has fleecy, green leaves with daisy-like, yellow-orange blossoms. Since the fifteenth century, the flower heads have been used to make soothing creams, salves, and ointments for treating muscle aches, strains, sprains, and bruises -although it is never used on or near any open wounds. The plant contains selenium and manganese, both valuable antioxidants.