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St. John’s wort has been used for its herbal benefits for more than 2,000 years and is said to have received its name when it first bloomed on John the Baptist’s birthday. History also has documented that the herb was a favorite ingredient for the magic potions used by apothecaries and witches during the Middle Ages. Today, St. John’s wort is used for medicinal and dermatological purposes.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Motherlove uses St. John’s wort in C-Section Cream, primarily for its characteristics that help in repairing skin, relieving pain, and assisting in nerve repair.
Herbalist, Mary Bove, explains that “St. John’s wort is known for helping to diminish pain” both externally or internally (LaLuzerne, 2013).
When applied topically, St. John’s wort has been known to help speed the healing of wounds, burns, and scars. The herb is able to support healing capabilities because it has both hypericin and hyperforin, which display antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. In one particular study, St. John’s wort was used for dermatological applications and found that the conclusion of the research supported the use of the herb’s oil for skin treatments.
What It Looks Like: St. John’s wort is classified as a flowering herb that blooms in the summertime. Though the blooming schedule is fairly fixed, the herb can grow almost anywhere in the world. You will be able to identify St. John’s wort by its bright yellow, star-shaped flowers.
Things to Know: St. John’s wort is only used in C-Section Cream, which is for topical use only.