St John’s Wort Oil
St Johns Wort oil is a moderately new essential oil on the market. There is still much to learn about the uses of this oil.
St Johns Wort is also known as Tipton’s Weed or Klamath weed. It’s a perennial plant with yellow flowers and creeping rhizomes.
Though this plant is grown for commercial use it is considered a noxious plant in many countries because it is an invasive weed in pasture land. If livestock (cattle, horses, sheep or goats) eat this herb it can cause photosensitivity, central nervous system (CNS) depression, spontaneous abortion, and even death.
St Johns Wort is widely known for its use in depression. It’s available over the counter except for in Ireland. In 2000, the Minister of Health, Brian Cowen made it available only with a prescription. Before that time you could buy it over the counter there. This herb has dozens of interactions with prescription medication so be sure to check with a pharmacist if you are unsure if there is an interaction with your medication. Classes of drugs that it interacts with include anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, birth control, pain, cholesterol, antifungal, antihistamines, antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, and HIV.
St Johns Wort oil is used externally for bruises, inflammation, sunburn, wounds, and varicose veins.
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Botanical Name - Hypericum perforatum
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Whole herb, aerial
Note Classification - Middle
Largest Producing Countries - Serbia, USA, Croatis, Poland and Bulgaria.
Properties - Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, nervine, and vulnerary.
Benefits - Anxiety, bruises, chorea, concussion, depression, enlarged glands, hemorrhoids, mild burns, muscular bruises, neuralgia, neurasthenia, rheumatic pain, sciatica, shock or injury to the spine, spinal irritation, sunburn, tension, toothache, traumatic shock, varicose veins, and wounds.
Safety Data –
St. John’s Wort Oil
is not recommended for internal use. St Johns Wort oil is not to be used while pregnant.
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