St John’s wort origins from Europe, but is also found in Canada and the US on roadsides, woods, and meadows. The name of this herb was given because it blooms in June, and the birthday of John the Baptist is on the 24th of June. “Wort” is an old word for plant.

St John’s wort contains a number of powerful compounds such as hypericin and hyperforin that exhibit antidepressant, anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. St John’s wort oil has been used long ago in ancient Greece for healing wounds and as a diuretic.

Here is the list of all uses of St John’s wort oil:

  • sunburn
  • acne
  • first degree burns
  • bruises and scrapes
  • wounds
  • inflammation and pain in muscles
  • scalp conditions
  • hemorrhoids
  • insect bites
  • arthritis
  • nerve/back pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • sciatica
  • gastritis/ulcer
  • varicose veins
  • rashes

You can easily prepare St John’s wort oil at home. Just follow this simple recipe:

-40 g St John’s wort fresh flowers
-400 ml of olive oil

Place St John’s wort flowers and buds in a dry and clean jar. Cover them with the olive oil.
Stir well with a wooden spoon and close the jar with a lid that has holes. This will let the moisture go out.
Leave it in direct sunlight for about 30 days.
For the first two weeks, stir the mixture every day.
After 30 days, strain the mixture through a sieve. Then pour the infused oil in a dark bottle. Store it in a cool place (not the fridge).

St John’s wort works as a natural antidepressant, therefore you can dry some of the flowers and consume it as a healthy herbal tea.