• Kate Varvedo

The wonderful St. John’s Wort

Updated: Feb 13

My absolute favourite herb is St. John’s Wort. There are many reasons for this, but the main passion about this herb is that it has so many beneficial values for our skin and for our soul.

It’s hard to know where to begin the list of goodness this lovely yellow flower contains. Starting from the excellent calming benefits, it is a proven fact that this herb has great support for depression.

Furthermore, it has calming benefits which works on the nervous stomach and the nervous system as a whole, therefore if you drink this as tea in the evenings, it’s guaranteed that you will sleep well, and it will lift your spirit.

In folklore medicine, St. John’s Wort has been used for hundreds of years curing stomach ulcer, nervous stomach and reflux or to calm stomach acid and wound healing. It is also great to assist the liver function, and because of the calming effect, it is very beneficial for your heart, kidney and for the gallbladder.

St. John’s Wort also has some excellent skin-healing properties. We infuse the flowering part of the plant in carrier oils such as olive or sunflower oils and use it for our soaps, lip balms, face creams and body butters.

This macerated oil has soothing, antiseptic and analgesic properties, making it a great addition in small quantities to any skincare blend. It is thought to be a great addition to an anti-ageing too! Further skin related benefits are:

· Calms the irritated and inflamed skin

· Reduces aches and pains

· Heals bruised and damaged skin and cuts

· Antiseptic used back to medieval times for dressing wounds

· Its pain-relieving properties are helpful to soothe and heal cracked, itchy or dry skin.

As you can see it has so many greatness that it would be unfortunate to give a miss to this wonderful herb.

The only thing that you have to be careful about St. John’s Wort, if you consuming it as a herbal tea, is not to drink too much tea during the day as some research suggest that fair people may suffer from skin sensitivity at sunlight. However, if you drink the tea in the evening then it should be safe.

This doesn’t affect the use of St. John’s Wort ointments and creams!

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