The use of herbal remedies to prevent, treat, and cure certain skin conditions is no longer a fallacy. One such popular herb, which has even been endorsed for dermatological purposes is St. John's wort.
The bright yellow colored plant, which was named after the biblical John the Baptist, becomes deep red when infused into oil and has numerous skin benefits.
If you want to alleviate skin conditions such as eczema, sunburns, wounds, sore muscles or burns, St. John's wort is worth a try.
What is it made of?
Studies claim that this plant is effective because it contains two major compounds known as hyperforin and hypericin.
Benefits of St. John's Wort For skin.
St. John's Wort offers many skin benefits which include;
- Sun exposure causes free radical damage and oxidative stress that may result in sunburn, burns, and collagen collapse. Using a topical formula with an antioxidant- rich component such as St. John's Wort, will help to ward off reactive oxygen species that attack and damage the skin.
- As an anti-inflammatory agent, extracts from the star-shaped plant reduces inflammation of the skin cells, thereby preventing skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, and redness.
- St. John's Wort has anticancer properties. Its active compound, Hypericin, is a photosensitizing compound that kills cancer cells. St. John is a suitable adjunct treatment for the management of skin cancer.
- Hyperforin in this herb makes it a natural antimicrobial agent. And it is suitable for alleviating symptoms of bacterial skin infections such as pain, redness, swelling, and itchiness.
- Topical extract of St. John's Wort enhances the production of keratinocytes, thereby strengthening the skin structure and enhancing the skin barrier.
- Management of vitiligo. According to the Guardian, using St. John's wort topically halts the skin from losing its color owing to vitiligo.
How can I use it?
St. John's Wort extract is available in different dosages and forms; lotion, tincture, oil etc.
The healing and soothing salve and body butter is formulated with a fine quality St. John's wort extract, widely harvested in Northern California.