ST JOHN'S WORT // pain balm
hypericum perforatum - populus trichocharpa - arnica cordifolia
This special offering is crafted from fresh wild harvested St John's Wort flowers, black cottonwood buds and heart-leaved arnica flowers. It soothes all manners of aches and pains in the body, and in the small 10ml tin presentation, it is the perfect ally for the for the hiker, the traveller and the adventurer.
St John's wort is not a native plant but an underappreciated stranger: despite its "invasive" classification, it only turns up in urban, disturbed or heavily grazed land (never in undisturbed ecosystems), and has a long history of use as a nervine and mild-antidepressant. The oil of the fresh flower, when applied on the skin, acts on deeper muscle or nerve pain. This traditional blend pairs SJW with black cottonwood bud oil, which reduces joint and tissue inflammation, heart-leaved arnica oil, which improves flow to inflamed tissues and speeds up healing. Together, they are a pain + inflammation relieving panacea for sore muscles, overexertion, sprains + hyperextensions, arthritic joints, and neuropathic pain.