St. Johns Wort Oil
Ongoing, chronic pain conditions need to be addressed differently than
pain that is occasional or temporary
pain (broken leg, surgery). Strong pain medications, including narcotics can
be taken with caution on a temporary basis, but when taken over the long term,
the risks of liver damage and dependency increase dramatically.
Chronic pain is a symptom of an underlying imbalance, and it is important to
address that imbalance as well as try to find ways to lessen the pain. Inflammation
is present in most chronic pain conditions. Anti-inflamatory herbs and dietary
changes can help to calm inflammation and encourage true healing. Turmeric, rosemary and ginger are
three herbs that should be on everyone's short list in the fight against chronic
inflammation. These herbs offer many health benefits along with good safety
profile for long term use. The anti-inflammatory effect of turmeric has been shown to be an effective pain reliever in cases of rheumatoid arthritis. 1,2 Rosemary oil and rosemary essential oil are used to alleviate the pain of sprains, arthritis, sciatica and neuralgia.
Salicin is a precursor chemical to salicylate, the compound found in aspirin that inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins, lipid compounds that are linked to inflammation and pain. Long before Bayer
synthesizes aspirin in the late 1890s, Hippocrates(400 BC) was prescribing treatments using the bark of the white willow tree to relieve pain and reduce fever. Other plant sources of salicin include:
Popular buds *
Cayenne pepper *
Topical pain relief may be even more important for the relief of long term chronic
pain because you bypass your stomach, liver
and digestive system, and target the painful area directly. The fresh flowers of St. Johns infused in oil produce a beautiful and powerful
red oil that is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Some of the skin care uses for this oil include healing burns and damaged skin. Use St. Johns wort oil to
calm the pain of sciatica,
Sore muscle pain
with herbal oils, liniments, and essential oils can be used with great results. Herbal poultices can also
be applied directly to sore and painful joints and muscles.
Some of the best topical pain relievers are:
Rosemary oil *
Cayenne Pepper Oil *
Castor Oil *
Pine Oil *
St. Johns Wort Oil *
and foot baths work magic on sore muscles and stiff joints while
calming nervous tensions that compound the pain.