According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common modern use of St. John's Wort is for "mild to moderate" depression. Another common application is for sore and tired muscles.Uses of St. John's Wort Essential Oil
BulgariaHistory and Background
For more than three centuries, St. John's Wort has been used in a variety of therapies. Indigenous to Europe, Western parts of Asia and Northern Africa, its name comes from St. John the Baptist because the beautiful yellow flowers from this plant bloom around his birthday.
Historically, St. John's Wort has been used for wounds and burns. During the Crusades, it was used to treat battle wounds.
Holistically, its primary use is for depression. It is one of the few oils that balances all chakras.Physical Description
This oil is clear to pale yellow in color. The infused oil is reddish color.Aromatic Description
The aroma of this oil is green, earthy, musky, with a slightly spicy scent.Biological Makeup and Components
Monoterpenes: a-pinene (10-16%), a-terpinene (1-7%); sesquiterpenes: b-carophyllene (3-20%), germacrene d (18-26%); hydrocarbons (+30%), methyloctane (5-20%), nonane (3-4%), 3-methylnonane (2%), isotridecane (2%), udecane (2%), isoundecane (1%); alcohols: dodecanol (5%), perinene 1-0l-4 (9.7%); oxydesterpenes: cineole, carolphyllene oxide (5%); cetones: 6-methyl-5-heptene-2 one (1%)Extraction Technique
Steam distillation from herb. Also infusion of flowering tops into carrier oil. Most health food store blends are infusions.Information for Aromatherapists
St. John's Wort is a middle note and blends well with most oils. This oil rounds out blends and is a good fixative. When working with infused oil, add essential oils only in small amounts (1-2%).
Our St. John's Wort essential oil is 100% pure and natural. It is free of any chemicals, pesticides, synthetic perfumes, fillers or carrier oils.Cautions