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Native to Southern Europe and West Asia, St. John’s wort prefers dry areas and rockeries. Its yellow flower petals are lined by tiny black spots on the edges, and the plant can reach heights of up to 70 cm.
Topical application of St. John’s wort is skin conditioning.
It has been traditionally used in folk medicine to heal wounds and soothe skin after sun exposure.
Homeopaths treat pain and inflammation caused by nerve damage.
St. John’s wort shows some antibacterial and antifungal activity.
Herbalists use St John’s wort externally for burns, bruises, sores, neuralgia, cramp, and sprains.
It was thought to be a magical herb in the 11th century and was part of traditional midsummer celebrations.
Popular and well researched as a food supplement, St. John’s wort has been successfully used to treat mild depression, although more research is required to find out exactly how it works. St. John’s wort is currently being investigated for a number of other wide-range therapeutic purposes.
We use St. John’s wort extract in our Imperialis moisturiser for its soothing and skin conditioning properties on the skin.