📩 05/05/2022 17:17
St. John's Wort, known for its yellow flowers in the world and in our country, grows spontaneously in temperate and tropical climate regions. St. John's Wort, which can be grown in every climate zone in Turkey; In Anatolia, it is known as binbirdelikotu, swordwort, canoe, yarrow, sorrel. St. John's Wort oil is used for many problems from skin problems to the digestive system. Due to its moisturizing feature, it provides a brighter and more lively appearance to the skin when applied to hairy and bald skin, and is good for stomach and intestinal problems when consumed regularly in small quantities. Dyt. from Memorial Kayseri Hospital Nutrition and Diet Department. Betül Merd gave information about the St. John's Wort plant and the usage areas of St. John's Wort oil.
What kind of plant is St. John's Wort?
St. John's Wort plant, whose Latin name is 'Hypericum perforatum', is from the 'Hyperaceae' family. St. John's Wort, which grows spontaneously in temperate and tropical climate regions of the world, is known as a perennial herbaceous plant. The plant, whose length is up to 70-90 centimeters, differs from the plants in its own family with its highly branched roots. Its flowers are umbella and are located at the ends of the branches. Yellow flowers have 5 petals, 5 sepals and three bunches of male organs (stamens). About 90% of the active ingredient in St. John's Wort is in the flower part. For this, the flower part of the plant is used in the field of complementary medicine.
Where does St. John's wort grow?
St. John's Wort with 96 species in Turkey, 400 in the world and 10 in Europe; It grows in Asia, Europe, Australia and parts of the Americas. In Turkey, on the other hand, it grows in inner regions, especially in the Aegean Region and the Mediterranean. St. John's Wort species in the world are shaped according to the climatic conditions of the region where they are grown or the structure of the region. In other words, St. John's Wort, which is endemic, can grow spontaneously in Western Europe, Asia and North Africa. St. John's Wort grows spontaneously on roadsides, streams, calcareous lands, forests, swamps and beaches, rocky areas and uncultivated lands in temperate and tropical regions of the world.
What is St. John's Wort oil good for?
In the researches, it has been determined that St. John's Wort oil is good for sunburns, wounds and superficial bruises on the skin. It is also used in gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers. St. John's Wort also has a wound-healing and pain-relieving effect because it contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and antimicrobial such as naphthodiantrons (hypericin) and fluroglycinols. It is said that especially the preparations sold in the market are good for sciatica and poisonous animal bites. In the historical process, St. John's Wort has been used in chronic diseases of the lungs, stomach, intestines, kidneys and urinary tract, in the treatment of children with urinary incontinence at night, and as an antimicrobial in the sources belonging to the Ancient Greek and Roman periods. It is known to be effective in the treatment of pressure sores, especially in bedridden patients. St. John's Wort has been used in the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases since ancient times. It is also known to be used in some neurological disorders such as headache, hydrophobia, menopause, hypochondriasis, neuralgia, coxalgia, tetany, paralysis and neck stiffness with spastic paralysis, spinal cord diseases, spinal convulsions, spinal irritation. Although it has ethnomedical use against various diseases in Turkey, it should not be used in the treatment of severe diseases. It is not very ethical to use such plants, which delay the main treatment that will keep cancer patients alive. In our country, it has been used for centuries against colds, diabetes, ulcers, stomach and intestinal disorders, liver, jaundice and bile duct problems. In addition, it was determined that intestinal parasites were reduced in those who used the mixtures prepared from the 1% infusion of the plant.
St. John's Wort oil weakens?
St. John's Wort oil helps to lose weight, and its diuretic feature is used for this. It should be used in a certain amount every day. However, it has been determined that it is not suitable for long-term use. St. John's Wort oil, which is good for intestinal problems, is effective in relieving constipation.
What are the benefits of St. John's Wort oil?
It provides relief from the symptoms of depression. It can be used for mild and moderate depression treatments.
It provides relaxation by reducing anxiety. Since it has a relaxing effect on the body, it reduces the symptoms of anxiety and prevents attacks.
It reduces the symptoms of menopause. St. John's Wort oil, which is not a processed oil, can be used with peace of mind. St John's Wort oil, which eliminates the problem of hot flashes, which is one of the symptoms of menopause, can help correct the emotional states that occur during this period.
It relieves the pain of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and does not show side effects such as blood thinning.
It reduces the anxiety of those with seasonal affective disorder.
It is an herb that helps in quitting smoking.
It is given as a natural remedy in the treatment of viral infections.
It moisturizes the skin and protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
It is also used in stomach ailments; It is thought to be good for migraine, headache and sciatica.
How often is St. John's Wort oil used?
The recommended maximum frequency of use of St. John's Wort oil should be once a day.
When St. John's Wort oil is used too often, it can disrupt the oil, i.e. sebum balance in the skin. Sebum is a skin fluid secreted by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Sebum, which ensures that the skin and scalp are not damaged by drying, increases the resistance of the skin against external factors. If the skin is sensitive and prone to allergic reactions, St. John's Wort oil should not be used more often than 1-2 days a week.
What kind of effect does St. John's Wort oil have when drunk?
If St. John's Wort oil is to be drunk, the amount should not exceed 1 teaspoon per day. This one teaspoon of St. John's Wort oil can be drunk directly or added to warm water and consumed. It has been determined that St. John's Wort oil, which is drunk one teaspoon a day, prevents bloating, constipation and gas pains and stomach disorders, and reduces pain due to gastritis. It is thought to be effective in the treatment of acne, eczema and pimples, as well as bacterial and viral infections that cause hemorrhoids, inflammation of the throat, pharynx, skin and mucous membranes.
Where is St. John's Wort oil applied in the body?
Thanks to its cell renewal feature, it is used to eliminate scars and acne on the face. Regularly used St. John's Wort oil renews the skin and gives the skin a healthier appearance. In particular, it quickly reduces the feeling of pain caused by burns. In addition, acne formation in adolescence often turns into a big problem. Acne occurs as the clogging and inflammation of the pores on the skin. In this process, St. John's Wort oil, which has antibacterial properties against existing acne, is applied to dry the acne. St. John's Wort oil should be applied to the cleaned skin in the morning and evening and rinsed after a while. Due to its moisturizing effect, St. John's Wort oil, when applied to the skin, will begin to breathe after a while and will have a brighter appearance. However, although it does not have many side effects, it is not recommended to be used very intensively. It should be applied to the cleansed skin at night by massaging with cotton or fingertips.