Wednesday, September 11, 2013

St. John’s wort

St. John’s wort
Therapeutic uses promote healing
* Internal use
o St. John’s Wort is used internally for anxiety, mild to moderate depression, nervous tension, insomnia, menopausal disturbances, premenstrual syndrome, shingles, sciatica and fibrositis.
o It is also used to treat inflammation of the stomach and intestines and against internal worms.
o Not to be taken by people suffering from severe depression.
o It is also used in homeopathy for pain relief and to combat inflammation caused by nerve damage.
* External use
o It is used locally for its anti-septic and analgesic effect on burns, bruises, sores and deep wounds with nerve damage, as well as sprains, tennis elbow and cramps.
* Aromatherapy and essential oil use
o A macerated oil is normally made by steeping the dried material in a carrier oil such as wheatgerm or olive oil, and this macerated oil is then used to treat wounds and burns.

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