Arnica montana belongs to the Compositae family, in other words it is a relative of the common daisy. The star shaped flowers of this botanical family are familiar to us all as sunflowers and ornamental daisies.  Arnica oil contains several fatty acids, including palmitic, linolenic, linoleic and myristic, as well as thymol. The antibacterial activity of thymol found in arnica essential oil has been well-established and reported in many scientific studies. Arnica is a genus of perennial, herbaceous plants in the plant family Asteraceae (also called Compositae) of the flowering-plant order Asterales. It is native to the mountains of Europe and Siberia, and is also cultivated in North America. The genus name Arnica is said to be derived from the Greek word arni, which means lamb, in reference to arnica’s soft, hairy leaves. Arnica provides invigorating nourishment to the scalp, which stimulates hair follicles to support the growth of new and healthy hair.