St. John’s Wort Oil for Pain Relief
St. John’s Wort Oil for Pain Relief: All-Natural BullRyder Body Balm™ Active Ingredient
Benefits: reduces inflammation, relieves pain caused by injuries, relieves burn pain, relieves swollen joints, reduces muscle cramps
Botanical Name: Hypericum perforatum
Method of Extraction: Infusion (in organic olive oil)
Parts Used: Flowers and tops
Country of Origin: USA
Cultivation Method: Farmed / Organic
The St. John’s Wort Oil (also know as Hypericum) used in all-natural BullRyder Body Balm™ is an infused oil (St. John’s wort flowers in organic olive oil). Used topically, it has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in cases of nerve inflammation such as sciatica and neuralgia and for recovery from wounds/injuries where there has been nerve tissue damage. It also helped provide relief for swollen joints and muscle cramps.
Note: St. John’s Wort Oil is but one component in our amazing all-natural BullRyder Body Balm™. Each of the active ingredients in our unique blend has exceptional pain relieving qualities alone but, in combination, the pain relieving qualities of each works synergistically with the others to produce an extraordinary pain relief salve whose unique formula was developed by Dr. Joie Power. The ten active ingredients in our all-natural BullRyder Body Balm™ include Essential Oils of: Balsam Poplar, Sweet Birch, Cajuput, Eucalyptus Globulus, Silver Fir, Helichrysum, Lavender and Plai plus St. John’s Wort Oil and Capsaicin.
St. John’s Wort Oil is also antiseptic, antiviral and astringent, making it good for wounds. In addition, St. John’s Wort oil helps with: pain caused by impact; relief of pain caused by injuries; injuries to nerves; crushed fingers & toes; puncture and deep wounds; burns of all types.
Other uses of St. John’s Wort Oil include: pain relief from muscles that ache or are tired from exertion. St. John’s Wort oil also has sedating affects. Injuries that are helped from benefits of St. John’s Wort include burns, sunburns, puncture wounds, crushed toes and fingers, and tailbone injuries, varicose veins, and bee stings.
The St. John’s Wort Oil that we use in our BullRyder Body Balm™ formula is made from St. Johns Wort flowers infused in organic olive oil. Vitamin E is then added to the resultant red colored oil as a natural preservative. The natural remedy for injuries is a most valuable anti-inflammatory and cuts the healing speed.
St. John’s wort is a common meadow plant that has been used as a medicine for centuries. Early European and Slavic herbals mention it. The genus name Hypericum is from the Latin word hyper, meaning “above,” and icon, meaning “spirit.” The herb was once hung over doorways to ward off evil spirits or burned to protect and sanctify an area. The species name perforatum refers to the many puncture like black marks on the underside of the plant’s leaves. Some sources say the plant is called St. John’s wort because it blooms on St. John’s Day (June 24); others say it was St. John’s favorite herb, and still others note that the deep red pigment in the plant resembles the blood of the martyred saint.
Whatever its name origin, St. John’s wort has a number of uses. It has been used to relieve muscle problems and to ease muscle injuries; it also reduces swelling and is used in certain herbal remedies to treat depression and anxiety.
St. John’s wort (botanical name Hypericum Perforatum) is also known as Tipton’s weed, Klamath weed and goat weed. It is an aromatic perennial plant belonging to the Hypericaceae family. The herb is native to Europe, but over the years has been introduced to several temperate regions across the globe, especially in the United States, and is found to grow naturally in numerous meadows. The herb derived its name St. John’s wort because it bears golden yellow blossoms that appear in abundance particularly on June 24 – the day customarily commemorated as the birthday of John the Baptist. The aerial parts of the plants, including the leaves and flowering tops that are therapeutically applied are harvested at about that time. On the other hand, the genus name Hypericum is derived from the Greek terms ‘hyper’ (denoting above) and ‘eikon’ (meaning picture) indicating that once the plant was conventionally used to protect against evil by hanging the plants over a religious symbol in the house during St John’s day. The herb’s species name ‘perforatum’ denotes the existence of small oil glands in the leaves that resemble windows and are visible when they are held against the light.
The therapeutic properties of St. John’s wort has been know since ancient times and both ancient Greek authorities on medicine, Dioscorides and Hippocrates were aware of the plant’s remedial benefits. In fact, the herb was recommended for effectively treating several medical conditions right through the Middle Ages. However, like in the instance of several other medicinal plants, St. John’s wort was disregard during the latter part of the 19th century and its remedial virtues were virtually forgotten by people.
St. John’s wort contains glycosides, flavonoids (including rutin), volatile oils, tannins, resins. The anti-viral properties of the herb are utilized to strengthen the immune system. The oil extracted from St. John’s wort is also applied externally as an antiseptic medication to cure injuries as well as to alleviate pain, especially in the instance of shingles and recurring strain injury. The above ground or aerial parts of the herb, its flowering tops as well as the oil extracted from St. John’s wort possess medicinal properties and are used in various forms to cure different conditions. The flowering tops of St. John’s wort may be used as a cream or infused oil and applied externally for alleviating pains, inflammations as well as an antiseptic. Cream prepared with the floral tops of St. John’s wort is primarily used to alleviate local or restricted nerve pains, for instance sprains, sciatica and cramps. Moreover, the cream may be applied externally as an antiseptic as well as astringent on sores, scrapes and ulcers.
The infused oil prepared from the floral tops of the herb is generally applied externally to heal burns as well as muscles or joint inflammations, such as neuralgia, tennis elbow and sciatica. One may blend a few drops of lavender oil with the St. John’s wort infused oil and apply the blend on burns or blend yarrow oil with the infused oil for inflammations for quick healing. St. John’s oil is useful in treating insignificant burns, bruises as well as to alleviate neuralgia (sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve) and rheumatism (any disorder of the back distinguished by pain and stiffness). The oil is an effective remedy for all types of internal and external pains, as it has a soothing effect. The oil will have a longer shelf life if you add five per cent lavender essential oil to it. St. John’s wort has long been used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory for strains, sprains, and contusions. St. John’s wort also has been used to treat muscular spasms, cramps, and tension that result in muscular spasms.
Bioflavonoids, in general, serve to reduce vascular fragility and inflammation. Since flavonoids improve venous-wall integrity, St. John’s wort is useful in treating swollen veins. The oil is also useful when applied to wounds and bruises or rubbed onto strains, sprains, or varicose veins. When rubbed onto the belly and breasts during pregnancy, the oil may also help prevent stretch marks.
St. John’s wort oil is used for bruises, is anti-inflammatory, and is often used by herbalists to help speed healing of wounds and sores. St. John’s wort oil has antiphlogistic qualities, in other words, it helps to reduce inflammation. Externally it is applied to bruises, sprains, burns, skin irritations, or any laceration accompanied by severed nerve tissue. The German government allows such external St. John’s wort preparations to be labeled for the treatment or after treatment of sharp or abrasive wounds, myalgias (muscular pain) as well as first degree burns. This is not a new herbal treatment, but one that has been handed down for hundreds of years. Once known to pharmacists as “red oil” or “Hypericum liniment,” it was still available in pharmacies in the early twentieth century.