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St. John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) Macerated Oil

St. John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) Macerated Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name : Hypericum perforatum
English Name : St. John's-wort
French Name : Millepertuis, herbe aux mille trous, herbe de Saint-Jean
Origin : Canada, Bulgaria, France

History and Origin

St. John's-wort is a herbaceous plant found in all temperate regions of the world. It is a medium-sized herbaceous plant with numerous five petals flowers of a bright yellow. Petals are dented and dotted with numerous resiniferous black glands. The flowers used to enter in the preparation of mead, liquors, and a longevity elixir.

In traditional medecine, St. John's-wort is used as a tranquilizer as well as to treat cuts, skin problems, rheumatisms, respiratory problems, diarrhea, and fever. Flower tops were also used to make dies for wool and silk. St. John’s-wort is widely known, notably for its antidepressant properties. It is used as an essential oil, maceration oil, and tincture.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Used Part : Flowers and leaves
Extraction : Maceration of flowering tops in olive oil.
Main Components : Hypericine, hyperforine, tannin, vitamins C and P.
Oil Characteristics : The maceration oil is red or bronze in color (when you use a green olive oil). The preparation is oxidized by the sun.
Properties : Healing, astringent, antispasmodic, analgesic, regenerating, antiviral, anti-depressive, immunostimulant.
Indications : Contusions, hematoma, neuralgia, burns, rheumatisms, pains, sciatitis, torticollis, lumbago, cramps, colic, gout, varicose ulcer, wounds, skin irritations.
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Recipes and Hints

St. John's-wort oil is excellent to massage vaginal walls and lubricate the baby’s head during delivery as well as to massage the cervix of uterus if hardening. After birth, the oil is good to heal and regenerate vulva tissues. It can be used to massage the baby’s skin. Apply on the tummy for baby’s colic.

The oil can be taken internally as capsules against constipation or stomach ache. 

Safety Data and Contraindications

The following comments do not seem to apply in the case of St. John’s-wort macerated in olive oil for an external use. Still, we choose to mention it since this plant carries a few contraindications. For sensitive individuals, testing is needed:

Internal use of St. John's-wort (as tincture or tablets) is photosensitizing for some people, it is therefore not recommended to go in the sun after consumption.

Documentation and References

SCHNEIDER, Anny, Plantes sauvages médicinales, Éditions de l'Homme