Hypericum perforatum is a yellow flowering plant of the genus Hypericum, commonly known as Perforate St. John’s wort. It is also a medicinal herb with antidepressant activity and potent anti-inflammatory properties.
How does it work?
Most effective components are hyperforin, hypericin, and polyphenol. Hyperforin and Hypericin may play a larger role in fighting depression and act on chemical messengers in the nervous system that regulates mood.
The use of St. John’s wort dates back to the ancient Greeks. Hippocrates recorded the medical use of St. John’s wort flowers. St. John’s wort was given its name because it blooms about June 24th, the birthday of John the Baptist. “Wort” is an old English word for plant.
Perforate St John’s Wort Oil
ST. JOHN’S WORT AND MENTAL HEALTH
In terms of mental health, St. John’s Wort is a wonderful herb for helping those who suffer from melancholy and mild to moderate depression. Often those who do best with St. John’s Wort are those who feel tight and shut down quite a bit, especially during the dark and cold winters. Taken in a form of a tea, St. John’s Wort can bring a gentle feeling of relaxation and calmness.
St. John’s Wort Tea Recipe
Use the dried herb to make a tea:
– 1 1/2 ounce St. John’s wort
– 1 ounce lemon-balm leaves
– 1 ounce valerian
Add 1 teaspoon of the herb mixture in a cup of boiling water and drink one before going to bed each night for several weeks to calm overwrought nerves, lift depression and help you fall asleep more easily. Make sure you steep the tea for 10 minutes, strain before drinking.
TREATING SKIN PROBLEMS
In folk medicine, oil is made out of this herb called Perforate St John’s wort oil and it is for external use only. Perforate St John’s Wort oil is prepared from freshly collected material, placed in glass containers, most often in olive oil and left in the sun. Under the influence of heat and light, it comes to photolytic decomposition of some components (hypericin and similar components) and red colored hyperforin is created which passes in the oil.
Some people apply this oil to skin to treat bruises and scrapes, inflammation and muscle pain, first degree burns, wounds, bug bites, hemorrhoids, and nerve pain. You should avoid using it in open cuts and wounds.
How to prepare the oil?
Add enough herb to fill up your mason jar to about an inch below the top. Then add organic oil (olive oil, but also almond or sunflower oil) to at least 1/2 inch above the herb. This insures that the herb won’t rot by peaking over the oil. Then cap the herb, label it and put it in a sunny window for 4-6 weeks. Periodically shake it and if needs be, uncap it to add more oil if there has been some evaporation. At the end of the 4-6 weeks, strain out the herb from the oil.
You have made by yourself a powerful medicine!
Apply to your skin few drops from the oil and gently massage the affected area to keep skin hydrated and increase blood flow to the area. The increased blood flow stimulates collagen production within your skin, healing scarring effectively. Repeat this few times a day until you start noticing the results. You will see the benefits from this powerful herb within few weeks although it depends from the type and the size of the skin condition.
Contraindications. The herb must not be used by people who are hypersensitive to other types of family Hypericaceae. Individuals with sensitive skin should avoid exposure to direct sunlight during the treatment because of the risk of developing photosensitivity.