St. John’s Wort
St. Johns Wort, Hypericum perforatum, has been well known for it’s anti-depressant action in recent years. It being an w wonderful herb for people who need to relieve some mild-depression or anxiety. Most people are unaware of it’s topical uses and how effective it is in this form. St. John’s wort contains flavonoids and hypericins (which are responsible for the anti-depressant action), and when used topically has this wonderful rich red color.
Topically, St. John’s wort is an analgesic or pain reliever. It is also highly effective in aiding the healing of damaged nerve areas, say for instance if someone has broken a foot or hand where there is a lot of nerve tissue, St. John’s wort can help those nerve tissues to restore. It can be helpful for people with shooting pains, such as in polymyalgia, sciatica pain, and neuralgia. Also an effective remedy for mild burns and bites.
When using St. John’s wort topically it is used in an oil form, extracting the fresh flowers in olive oil, and using when needed. In Phytonica’s Arnica Action Oil there is a significant amount of St. John’s wort oil added for this very effect of pain relieving, nerve repair and anti-inflammatory action.
So, next time you think of St. John’s wort, try it topically and see what you think!