St. John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) is a plant with bright yellow flowers native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Its flowers and leaves contain active ingredients such as hyperforin and hypericin, which have proven effective in treating depression. It has been used in traditional medicine for almost 3,000 years to treat many diseases, including neuralgic conditions, psychiatric problems, and wounds. Today it is an essential part of teas, tablets, and topical preparations.
What is Centaury Oil (St. John's Wort Oil)?
Centaury oil is obtained from the flowers of the centaury plant by steam distillation. It is a thin oil and has a fruity-spicy aroma. This healing oil is used in the manufacture of shampoos, skin care products, and bath products. It is also traditionally used to treat joint pains, skin problems, aging symptoms, inflammation, trauma, and superficial wounds.
There are two different colors of centaury oil. They are red and yellow. The red oil is obtained from the fresh flowers of the plant, and the yellow oil is obtained from the dried flowers. However, the usage areas of both oils are generally the same.
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Hypericin and flavonoids contained in centaury oil can reduce itching, burning, and pain caused by hemorrhoids. You can directly apply the diluted centaury oil mixed with jojoba oil or skincare creams to the affected area to treat external and internal hemorrhoids. Or, if you are applying a sitting bath in hot water during the treatment, you can drop 1-2 drops of centaury oil into the water. However, you should consult your doctor first.
Swollen and inflamed joints and excruciating pain are the predominant symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect of centaury oil can help relieve pain caused by arthritis and rheumatism.
It can also treat muscle aches, bruises, sprains, tennis elbow, nerve disorders, stiff, aching joints, varicose pains. You can mix it with coconut oil and massage the sore areas.
Centaury oil has antibacterial properties that help kill bacteria, germs, and other harmful organisms that slow the healing of wounds and other skin infections. In addition, thanks to the flavonoids and tannins it contains, it accelerates the healing of wounds and burns, including sunburn, when applied topically to the affected areas.
Centaury oil is also effective in insect-fly bites and bee stings. Thanks to its soothing effect, it provides quick relief and reduces itching or pain.
These three ailments often cause sharp pain, interrupt the body’s normal functioning, and are primarily seen in women (fibromyalgia is also seen in 90% of women).
Studies show that massage with centaury oil is good for emotional distress and physical ailments such as cramps, nausea, and breast tenderness in premenstrual syndrome. You can also use it for anxiety and mood swings during menopause and to treat muscle and tissue pain associated with fibromyalgia.
However, it is recommended to mix centaury oil with a thinning oil such as sesame oil before massaging. Or you can relax by dripping 1-2 drops into warm bathwater.