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St. Johns Wort - the Arnica of the Nerves

St Johns Wort

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a herb that most people think of as good for depression however, there is a lot more to St. John's Wort than just that.

St. John's Wort has an influence upon the entire digestive system: the stomach, intestines, gall bladder, and liver. The signature of the yellow flowers indicates a liver/gall bladder affinity, and it has long been used as a gentle detoxification agent and for overall hepato-weakness.

St. John’s Wort is also an excellent topical agent in the treatment of wounds, specifically puncture wounds. This is shown through the signature on the leaves which when held up to the light seem to have tiny perforations (hence the latin species name perforatum) or small punctures.

I personally love the anodyne (pain relief) action for which St. John’s Wort is specific for along with its mild nervine sedative and restorative effect. St. John’s Wort pain-relieving action is specific for the nerves, especially for shooting nerve pains, shingles, neuralgia, sciatica, pinched nerves, spinal cord injuries, and other pains oriented around the nervous system.  St John's Wort also works well with other pains such as rheumatic pains, arthritis, gout, muscular spasm, cramping, and stiffness, sprains, strains, and bruising.  It is also a valuable inflammation-modulating remedy and can be used when there is excessive pain due to inflammation. 

With St. John’s Wort being an incredible remedy I always keep in stock this nourishing oil as a "go-to" for anything to do with nerve or skin damage. You can buy here.