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Natural Skincare with St. John's Wort

Updated on December 29, 2015

St. John's Wort in Bloom

St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort, botanical name, (hypericum perforatum) comes from the Hypericaceae family, and for centuries has been used to treat mild and moderate depression, anxiety and nerve damage. St. John’s Wort will grow 1 to 3 feet tall and has bright yellow five petal flowers. It is these flowers that are harvested to make St. John’s Wort oil, tinctures, and salves.

St. John’s Wort blooms from June through August and is traditionally collected on June 24th the day in which is believed John the Baptist was beheaded. This plant loves full sun and can be found growing in uncultivated soils such as along road sides, and meadows. Though this plant is historically know for treating depression it also has tremendous benefits for your skin as well.

St, John's Wort Infused Oil

St. John's Wort skin benefits

St. John’s Wort when infused with oils such as olive oil has no anti-depressant effects; however is very therapeutic for the skin having antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and astringent abilities. St. John’s Wort infused oil can soothe a sunburn, and is great for speeding up the healing process from deep lacerations. This oil, often call amongst herbalist as the “red oil”, is commonly used to relieve nerve pains, strains, and shingles, burns, bee stings, bruises, varicose veins and really does speed up the skins healing process from deep cuts and puncture wounds.

Make your own St. John’s Wort infused oil

If you are fortunate enough to have this wonderful plant growing around your house, you can easily prepare this infused oil to have handy in your medicine cabinet for those unexpected bee stings, cuts, bruises and sprains. Just follow these 3 easy steps.

1. Harvest St. John’s Wort oil when flowers are opened. Just the flowers not the stems. You should let these flowers dry out for a few hours in a shady area so that no moisture remains as well as unwanted little creatures.

2. Once you have your freshly harvested St. John’s Wort flowers, place them in a glass wide mouth jar with lid. Pour some olive oil in the jar 1-2 inches above the flowers. Cover the jar tightly and place in a warm sunny location for about 4 to 6 weeks until the oil has turned a dark red color.

3. Once your oil is ready it is time to strain the oil out from the flowers, preferably into an amber glass bottle with a lid that seals tightly. Infused oils can have up to a year or better shelf life when stored in a cool place away from heat and light, capped tightly.

Though this herbal remedy is a simple one, it is very time consuming and requires a good amount of harvested flowers, which would explain why these oils are not cheap. 1 oz of St. John’s Wort oil can very easily sell for well over six dollars an ounce.The saying, "the reder the better" is true for this oil to be of best quality and purity. 

Remember to always consult with a clinical herbalist or qualified healthcare practitioner before treating yourself with natural and herbal remedies. All information mentioned in this hub is for general information and should not be considered as medical advice or consultation. Always contact a reputable healthcare practitioner if medical care is needed.


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      7 years ago

      I found a great natural salve at . They wild craft their own St. John's Wort and make the ointment using other herbs that also benefit the skin. Works great here!

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      9 years ago from NY

      salt, thanks so much for reading my hub on St. John's Wort and commenting, I have not tried st john's wort tea yet, I will most likely experiment making a tea with this upcoming years new harvest.

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      9 years ago from australia

      St Johns Wort is a form of psychic protection from witchs from the middle ages. It creates a different energetic vibration in the aura which is what people say cures depression, when it actually works to protect the auric field from projected negativity. Umm food for thought. I love st johns wort tea.

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      9 years ago from NY

      Oceansnsunsets you may be surprised as I was to have it growing naturally around you, I have grown it from seed before, but realized that St. John's Wort grows all around my porperty!

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      9 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I was not familiar with how St. John's Wort helped skin, and always thought it was mainly for depression. I shouldn't be surprised however, to note that another herb is good for a great many things, which is one reason I love herbs so much. I would love to grow my own St. John's Wort, maybe this year I can add it to my herb garden or somewhere around the house. Thanks for sharing.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from NY

      A.B thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed this one on st. john's wort.

    • amybradley77 profile image


      9 years ago

      Can't get enough of seeing herbal remedies put into Hubs. Thanks for sharing this, more people should be aware. A.B.

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from NY

      Thanks Darlene, yes St. John's Wort does sound like a weird name for a plant.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Awesome hub, and I like Katie was not aware of all of the benefits fo Saint johns wart...strange name. thank you for this hub, another bookmark and I always forward your hub to all my friends that are natural and green. Rate way up love & peace darski

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from NY

      I figured St. John's Wort is most recognized for treating depression, many may not know how effective it is for healing the skin and how easy of a remedy it is to make. So I figured I'd hub about it. So glad you enjoyed and learned something new. Thanks Katie.

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      Katie McMurray 

      9 years ago from Westerville

      This is great information. I was not aware of the benefits St Johns Wort had in treating skin trauma. This is a must share and vote up, plus all that is good!

      Thanks for the helpful facts about St Johns Wort and other treament options.

      :) Katie

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      9 years ago from NY

      MartieCoetser, though you have no st. John's wort, sage, and Rosemary are also great herbs to make herbal remedies with. I have a hub coming out next on Rosemary and I share some recipes, stay tuned, Thanks for commenting.

      ImChemist, thanks for visiting and sharing this hub on st. John's Wort, most people know of St. John's wort for treating depression, but it is so good for the skin as well, I hope this does help many. Thanks for the read and commenting.

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      9 years ago

      this information can help a lot peoples have that problem , i will share this information with my friends.

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      Martie Coetser 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      I’ve used St Worth’s many times as anti-depressants. Only now and then I need something stronger. I think I was a ‘witch doctor’ in one of my previous lives, because making medicine and remedies with herbs is something I yearn to do. I don’t have St Worth’s in my garden, but I’m going to try your recipe with rosemary, sage, and some other herbs. Thanks for this much appreciated info, rpalulis! See you again soon.

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      9 years ago from NY

      onceuponatime66, your welcome. St. John's wort is most recognized for treating depression, but very few know of it' s many skin benefits when infused in an oil and applied topically, especial for deep cuts. I have had some doozies and have treated them with this oil and experienced a very quick healing.

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      Jackie Paulson 

      9 years ago from USA IL

      Thanks for the beneficent of St Johns Wart for Skin problems.


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