It soothes insect bites and irritations, heals sunburn, and heals wounds. Also excellent as a natural mouthwash and in case of toothache and inflamed gums
Hypericum is a herbaceous plant with yellow flowers blooming in late June and contains numerous beneficial properties for health and well-being.
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Benefits Of Hypericum Oil
In particular, the benefits of St. John’s wort oil are innumerable, especially for the well-being of the skin and especially in summer: it soothes insect bites and irritations, heals sunburns, and helps minor wounds to heal.
St. John’s wort oil also stimulates cell regeneration and is used to soothe skin dryness and psoriasis, combat skin aging and acne marks, and counteract pressure sores. It also exerts an analgesic action on joint pain.
What Is Ipericus Oil
Hypericum oil is an oleolyte obtained from the fresh flowers of the plant ( Hypericum perforatum ), which belongs to the Hypericaceae family (also called St. John’s wort). Hypericum grows along roads and fields, up to about 1600 meters in height. Its leaves are oval and oblong, with small glands that look like tiny holes. The oil is obtained from the maceration of the flowers and the aerial parts of the plant. Even the essential oil is obtained from the flowers and the aerial parts by distilling them in a current of steam; fixed oil instead is obtained from the seeds of hypericum. Hypericum can also be used in tablets, herbal teas, or capsules, even as an antidepressant and anxiolytic. It also regulates sleep and mood, especially during seasonal changes. Also excellent in case of hormonal changes, for example, during menopause.
Properties Of Iperico Oil
Hypericum oil contains important pharmacological properties such as hypericin, pseudohypericin, and flavones, making it healing, antiseptic, anesthetic, astringent, purifying, and excellent in treating the treatment couperose. Its decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties make it valuable in treating insect bites to soothe the burns of sunburn or inflammation. Just massage small quantities of St. John’s wort oil on the parts to be treated. However, remember that the parts massaged with St. John’s wort oil must not be exposed to the sun due to its photosensitive properties.
How To Use Ipericus Oil
Hypericum oil can have many uses; let’s see together which ones:
- It is excellent for massages because it soothes joint pain and rheumatism. Even on the muscles, it is a cure-all. It only takes a small dose to spread well on the area to be treated.
- A small amount is used on the face to smooth out expression lines, acne marks, and scars. It must not come into contact with the eyes.
- In the bathtub, it is used for body pains and to soothe sunburn. It has noticeable relaxing effects. You need to add three teaspoons to hot water.
- St. John’s wort oil can also be taken internally. In this way, it strengthens the immune defenses and fights free radicals responsible for skin aging. It also relieves cough and gastrointestinal inflammation.
- St. John’s wort oil proves to be an excellent natural mouthwash, valid in case of inflamed gums and toothache. Put six drops in a glass of water; find it beneficial.
Hypericum Oil For Nails And Hair
St. John’s wort oil acts effectively on the scalp with the same regenerating power it uses on the rest of the epidermis. For this reason, it strengthens fragile hair and makes it silky to the touch. Its constant action can stimulate the regrowth of fallen hair. The quantity to be used on the head must be large enough to ensure that the capillary massage is uniform throughout the hair. It can be used after washing your hair. St. John’s wort oil is also an excellent strengthening for the nails. The recipe to make them healthier can easily be prepared at home using 50 grams of shea butter, a tablespoon of St. John’s wort oil, and 10 drops of lemon essential oil. The shea butter is melted in a bain-marie and then mixed with the hypericum oil, and finally, the lemon drops are added. After mixing the mixture well, you need to pour it into a container before it becomes too liquid.
Contraindications Of Iperico Oil
As for the internal use of this oil, there are no special warnings and contraindications. It is not recommended for those with a specific hypersensitivity to the active ingredients that compose it, especially hypericin. After taking St. John’s wort oil, exposure to sunlight and artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation should be avoided. Hypericum oil is photosensitizing and, therefore, can exacerbate the effects of the sun’s rays on the skin, especially when you have freckles or an extremely light complexion.
How To Make Ipericus Oil
From St. John’s wort flowers, we get the oleolite with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, healing, anti-erythema, antiseptic and antiviral properties. We can prepare it at home; here’s how to proceed:
- 30 gr of freshly picked flowers
- 100 ml of extra virgin olive oil (or sunflower or almond oil)
- A glass jar with a stopper or airtight seal
- Take the hypericum flowers (tradition has it that this operation falls on June 21st with the summer solstice) and place them in the jar.
- Add the extra virgin olive oil and leave to macerate in the closed jar for about 40 days.
- Take the jar, turn it over, and expose it to the sun from time to time. Once the necessary time has elapsed, filter the oil and store it away from sunlight.