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Used for thousands of years as a reliable painkiller, and is often called "herbal aspirin". It is believed to help with arthritis discomforts and has been used for reducing the swelling and inflammation., eventually increasing mobility in knees, hips, and other joints. Willow bark extracts may help to reduce acute and chronic pain, including a headache, migraines, backache, neck pain, muscle aches, nerve pain, menstrual cramps, toothache and the pain of minor injuries.
White Willow Barks analgesic actions may be slower-acting than a synthetic aspirin, but the results last much longer, as the painkilling compounds remain in the bloodstream longer.
St. John’s wort is the herbalist go-to for painful issues such as neuralgias, sciatica, Bell’s palsy, head and spine trauma, pinched nerves, after surgical and dental work, as well as injuries to any area that is rich in nerve endings (Winston, 2007; LaLuzerne, 2013; McIntyre, 1996).
Fill jar with St. John's Wort and White Willow Bark. Top with at least 90% alcohol, such as vodka, brandy or everclear. Cap tightly and store in a cool dark place for 4 weeks. Shake daily. Use a cheesecloth or coffee filter to strain the herbs. Take 10-15 drops a day.