What is St. John's Wort Oil?
St. John's wort flowers are collected and subjected to a certain process and combined with olive oil as a result of St. John's wort oil is obtained. This oil is especially used for the rapid healing of scars. St. John's wort oil, which is rich in bioflavonoids, organic acids, antioxidants, also attracts attention with its hypericin and hyperforin content. Red St. John's wort oil, on the other hand, is red in color. Hypericin is the anthraquinone derivative responsible for the red color of this oil.
How is St. John's Wort Oil Made?
September May-September St. John's wort flowers are collected from the soil Decently, that is, 5 cm above the soil, which is the flowering period. In the European Pharmacopoeia, the plant known by the name “Hyperici herba” is introduced into the production maceration. Maceration means that the plant is kept in a suitable solvent. Olive oil is preferred for maceration of St. John's wort. However, it is important that the olive oil used is especially extra virgin olive oil.
The above-ground parts of the plant, collected at the right time, are cut into lengths of 2-3 cm, fresh or dried, and placed in a jar with olive oil. It is usually desirable that this ratio be 1/5. This mixture is exposed to sunlight by shaking Decisively for 4-6 weeks. St. John's wort flowers are expected to be identified with olive oil. After a period of 4-6 weeks, the mixture is passed through cheesecloth. The filtered mixture is placed in a brown colored bottle and stored in this way.
The Benefits of St. John's Wort Oil
The benefits of St. John's wort have been scientifically proven by research. However, hearsay false information is also available. The scientific benefits of centaury can be listed as follows:
Shows Anti-Germ Effect
St. John's wort oil, which is caused by the hyperforin in it, has an antibacterial effect. This means that it stops the bacteria from living and prevents them from reproducing. Hypericin promotes antibacterial activity. It has been understood that an ointment containing St. John's wort oil is effective in healing burns. While shortening the healing time, it has an antiseptic effect and prevented the reproduction and spread of germs. In a study, it was concluded that the use of Hypericum extracts in vaginal infections caused by bacteria is safe.
Anti-Inflammatory Is Acceptable
in a study conducted in 2009, Hypericum perforatum shows promise as an anti-inflammatory agent. Rats fed St. John's wort extracts showed decreased levels of their enzymes associated with colon inflammation. The two main oil extracts of St. John's wort, quercetin and I3, II8-biapigenin, showed particularly anti-inflammatory and gastric protective activity. St. John's wort extracts showed an anti-inflammatory (anti-inflammatory) effect by inhibiting the activity of the expression of pro-inflammatory (inflammatory) genes such as cyclooxygenase-2, interleukin 6 and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS).
Accelerates Wound Healing
Wound healing is the property that makes St. John's wort oil famous. St. John's wort has wound healing properties thanks to the fact that it stimulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin, prevents the inflammatory reaction, inhibits the development of microbes, including bacteria and mold. It has been shown by research that St. John's wort oil accelerates the healing of wounds. The study, using a cream that is made with St. John's wort in the treatment of water burn burn findings have been reached: 1st degree burns treatment effect observed especially St. John's wort oil is very effective of burn is reported to be cured within 2 days. On the other hand, 2nd and 3rd degree burns healed at least 3 times faster compared to burns treated with conventional methods. At the same time, it has been reported that this ointment prevents the formation of keloids (fibrous tissue formed as a result of excessive repair of the tissue itself).
In a clinical study on the effect of St. John's wort ointment on cesarean wounds, significant differences were observed in wound healing on the day of 10. It has been reported that there is a noticeable difference in the healing of wounds in women who gave birth by cesarean section and used this ointment, and there are also reductions in scars. It has also been observed that the itching and pain sensations of these women also decrease during the healing process.
St. John's wort oil is used in different wound treatments. Abrasions are one of them. Burns and sunburns can also be treated with St. John's wort oil.
St. John's wort oil, which is often used for stomach ulcer and bloating problems, can also be used for acute constipation (constipation) and gas cramps. St. John's wort oil creates a barrier inside the stomach, alleviating the effects of stomach acid and facilitating digestion.
Supporter in the Treatment of Depression
It has been shown by analyzes that the hyperforin and flavonoid substances in the content of St. John's wort support it by showing an antidepressant effect. It has been determined by clinical studies that St. John's wort extract is effective in the treatment of mild and moderate depression. Antidepressant effect was observed in people who were treated for acute major depression and took 450 mg of standardized St. John's wort extract 2 times a day. It has been established that St. John's wort is effective as antidepressant drugs.
It Can Reduce Menopause Complaints
The effects of St. John's wort can also be used during menopause, which is one of the most difficult periods for women. During premenopause (before menopause) and menopause, women are disturbed by night sweats, hot flashes, difficulty falling asleep and the desire to sleep little, mood changes. These complaints are the most common complaints of women, starting before menopause. According to a clinical study, St. John's wort has been supportive in reducing menopausal complaints. It has shortened the duration while reducing the severity of these complaints that started from before menopause. In addition, it has also significantly reduced the incidence of complaints. It is believed that this effect may be due to the fact that the plant improves a person's psychological state by increasing the level of serotonin in the brain.
The Benefits of St. John's Wort Oil for the Skin
Especially in summer, the duration and amount of sun exposure increases. This condition also brings with it skin dryness. Some skin types are already amenable to drying under any circumstances. To cope with this condition, in addition to olive oil creams, you can also get support from St. John's wort oil. Especially for very common calluses and heel cracks, it will be useful to massage and apply St. John's wort oil to the skin by thoroughly eating it.
There is no proven scientific study on the percentage benefits of St. John's wort oil and the benefits of St. John's wort oil for hair.
How to Use St. John's Wort Oil?
The use of St. John's wort oil on wounds is as follows: Apply 8-10 drops of St. John's wort oil to burns, wounds, abrasions, sunburns and cesarean wounds that occur on the skin and apply the oil by massaging.
As for the stomach and digestive system, the method of use of St. John's wort oil is as follows: it is recommended to drink 1 teaspoon (10 ml) 2 times a day, morning and evening, on an empty stomach. In this way, it shows a protective effect on the stomach and supports the treatment of stomach ulcers.
Does St. John's Wort Oil Have Side Effects?
First of all, it is important to have the right information about the use of all plants. It should also be known how St. John's wort oil is stored and stored. The information on how much and for how long the oil will be used should be clear. It is also important for what purpose it will be used. If there are no suspicious circumstances, St. John's wort oil and hydrosol have not been shown to have devastating side effects. However, people taking antidepressant treatment should definitely consult a doctor before taking this herbal supplement. It should also be remembered that it can cause allergic reactions.
Always the wrong dose produces a toxic effect. An unforeseen and uncontrolled dosage of St. John's wort can have a lot of side effects.
Remember that the effect of a plant and the effect of active substances extracted with special solvents specific to the active substance contained in it are not the same. Even if it is St. John's wort, be sure to consult your doctor and pharmacist before using it.
Who is St. John's Wort Oil Inconvenient For?
The use of St. John's wort oil is not recommended for those with cardiovascular disease, pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding, and those with pheochromocytoma disease (adrenal gland tumor), as clinical studies are not sufficient. Again, people receiving chemotherapy and people who have had an organ transplant should definitely not use St. John's wort, as it can cause organ rejection. St. John's wort oil is considered objectionable, as it can also interact with some medications. These drugs are some antibiotics, drugs for the cardiovascular system and drugs for the nervous system. St. John's wort should not be used together with these drugs.