St John’s Wort


Hypericum perforatum



THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, nervine

AFFINITY FOR: nerves, joints, muscles, bones

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, mental

PLANT FAMILY: Clusiaceae

PART UTILIZED: leaves & flowers, wildcrafted

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION:St. John’s Wort should be diluted well and used in moderation. (See “Cautions”)

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Diffused, St. John’s Wort may relieve fatigue, anxiety, headache, low spirits, and sadness. The aroma of St. John’s Wort is also stimulating to the mind and the memory.

EMOTIONAL – SPIRITUAL – MENTAL ASPECTS: St. John’s Wort is recommended for depression, especially following injuries, fright, or shock. The plants in this family are very hardy. They often live up to 50 years. I believe this resilience in the face of trials is a part of the nature of this essential oil.

PHYSICAL ASPECT: St. John’s Wort essential oil, well-diluted, is used for sunburns, burns, bruises, varicose veins, and scars. The anti-inflammatory and nervine properties of this oil are particularly effective in nerve rich areas of the body such as the brain, back of the neck, fingers, toes, and coccyx (tailbone). St. John’s Wort, diluted and applied along the spine, may be helpful for nerve damage and muscle spasms resulting from whiplash injuries, and may be effective, especially as part of a blend, for muscle spasms and twitches in arms and legs when drifting off to sleep.

CAUTIONS:Until further studies have been conducted on St. John’s Wort essential oil, it is probably best to use it well-diluted, in moderation, or as a small percentage of a blend. St. John’s Wort should be avoided if pregnant. Although St. John’s Wort has been used for at least a couple of centuries as an herbal medicine and as a homeopathic remedy, very little information is available about the essential oil.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


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