Hypericum or St Johns Wort
The use of Hypericum or St John’s Wort to treat a variety of internal and external ailments dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks. Since then it has remained a popular treatment for anxiety, depression, cuts and burns.
The main purpose for the use of Hypericum on our pets is when they have suffered injuries to their nerve endings such as when nerves have been crushed, severed or injured. This remedy is great for blows to extremities like toes or tails or other parts of the body where there are clusters of nerves. Hypericum is a must-have for owners or groomers that unexpectedly cut your dogs nails as will help ease the pain in that area
Traditionally Hypericum is known as “the Arnica of the nerves” and when taken after surgery including dental treatment it may help promote healing and may help prevent infection in wounds, scratches and cuts.
Hypericum can be found in some pet care products such as creams or balms. However, ingesting Hypericum is toxic to our pets so caution is needed when applying these creams and balms. Many of the products out there add Hypericum in a small dose due to its healing ability and it works well alongside Calendula which is also an amazing remedy.
Hypericum is also available as a homeopathic remedy which is fine to give to your pet orally due to the nature of how a homeopathic remedy is made. In short, the remedy contains very diluted quantities of the plant, that has been refined and transformed into a remedy with remarkable restorative properties. The remedy contains the “energy” of the substance (Hypericum) and this stimulates the body’s own natural healing forces to alleviate the symptoms and bring about a return to health. The homeopathic remedy can be used to treat anxiety and stress that our pets can suffer from.
Please note that when trying a new remedy caution must be taken and if possible professional advice sort.