Sustainable cultivation farming of Arnica montana in Germany
For already many years, we have been cooperating with partners on various projects to ensure a sustainable supply of the endangered species arnica. Our primary long-term objective is the field cultivation of Arnica montana, and consequently the security of supply for our customers as well as the protection of wild populations.
An important milestone has now been reached!
Since this year, FLAVEX Naturextrakte GmbH is exclusively supplied with arnica flowers from sustainable field cultivation in Germany. Within the scope of this project, our partners have managed to select and cultivate a special variety with a high-grade ingredient profile.
In this first year, the harvest yields are still small. The clear ambition for the coming years will be to expand cultivation area and quantities, in order to become largely independent of wild collection within 5 to 10 years.
This will enable us to continue to support our customers as a reliable partner, and step by step in future even more sustainably. In combination with the long shelf life and highly standardised concentration of bioactive components of our Arnica CO2 extracts, this is a clear advantage!
Traditionally, the flowers of the medicinal plant arnica are collected in large quantities from Galicia and the Carpathians for use in natural cosmetics. Increasing demand, difficulty to control wild collection, but also changing weather conditions have been a challenge for the procurement of the flowers during the last years.
With the aid of the current project, we now have achieved a controlled and gentle cultivation of the endangered and strictly protected species Arnica montana. Transparency, sustainability and conservation of resources are important elements for the purchase of raw material at FLAVEX Naturextrakte GmbH.