While St. John's wort is mainly known for its effects on treating depression and reducing anxiety, it is also a valuable herb for pain relief. It has shown promising neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties, especially useful in combating neuropathic pain as well as that associated with arthritis and rheumatism. When used topically, St. John's wort for nerve pain can be a safe alternative to pharmaceutical pain relievers.
- Place St. John's wort flowers on a cutting board and mash them with a rolling pin.(3 minutes)
- You may add a little bit of water, just enough to make a paste.
Apply this St. John's wort poultice for nerve pain directly to skin, cover it bandage, and then with a piece of plastic foil to prevent accidentally drainage.
Because St. John's wort can interfere with certain medications, it is always best to consult with a doctor before usage. Also, avoid direct sunlight when applying the herb as it can make the skin more sensitive to its effects and lead to sunburns.