The balsam also known in Latin as Hypericum Perforatum (St.Johns Wort) is one of the most powerful and effective plants used in skin diseases, especially through its regenerative and healing action. It is placed on open or old wounds, skin diseases and inflammations. It can also be swallowed as a treatment for stomach ulcers. This particular herb is a treasure of Greek nature but needs special treatment because it is quite sensitive. We extract it by cold pressing in a special mixture of olive oil, which gives it its light reddish color.
St. John's wort is known to all of us as Hypericum perforatum, sword grass, Prodromou herb or turtle grass.
It is an evergreen plant with a height that reaches 80 points - 1 meter and belongs to the Hypericidae family. It is native and we will meet it in the Mediterranean countries, in the rest of Europe, Africa, the Asian continent and in many places along the planet, In our country there are several different species of hypericum and most of them are endemic.
The plant can grow even in the poorest, dry and stony soils, it is recognized by its yellow flowers, which consist of 5 petals, while the central part of the flower includes the spots that give the characteristic red color to the balsam oil or effusion.
The useful parts of the plant used are the flowers, which should be collected with the first cool drops of dawn, when their oils are at their highest concentration.
History of Balsamohortos
It is said that the herb got its name, Hypericus, because in the past it was used to decorate temples and during religious ceremonies it was placed on the icons (hyper – eikon = on the image).
Balsamwort has been valued by the famous herbalists of ancient Greece, Hippocrates, Dioscorides, Pliny and Galen, with which they treated burns, joint pains, improved blood flow and used it as a tonic in the recovery process.
It has been used for embalming and this is one of the reasons why it is also called balsam.
Natural Mountain St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Chemical composition of Hypericum perforatum
• 7% flavonoids in stems – 12% in flowers. The flavonoid content includes 1.6% rutin, and in smaller proportions quercetin, luteol and myricetin.
• 2 – 4.5% Hyperforin, one of the most active components of St. John's wort responsible for the herb's antidepressant properties. Hyperforin is unstable in the presence of light and oxygen.
0.05 – 0.09% essential oils ( 2-methyloctanes, α-β-pinenes, α-terpineol and traces of myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene).
• 5 – 12% tannins
Additional compounds it contains to a lesser extent are acids (stearic, myristic, nicotinic, palmitic), carotenoids, choline, pectin, hydrocarbons and long chain alcohols.
Some amino acids such as leucine, cysteine, glutamine, lysine and GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid) have also been isolated from the herb.
Instructions for use
Balsam oil is prepared by steeping the flowers in a carrier oil e.g. almond oil or sunflower oil with the most traditional recipe which is pure virgin olive oil.
Effectively treats chills, neuralgia, tendon injuries and neck pain.
Combines well with lavender and chamomile essential oil to relieve sunburn by reducing skin temperature.
Calms the nervous system and reduces emotional fluctuations during menopause.
The oil is suitable for those who need to balance the solar plexus (external application) and get rid of possible accompanying symptoms of digestive disorders, stomach and intestines.
According to Chinese medicine, hypericum oil, when applied to specific parts of the body, removes unnecessary heat and cleanses the blood of toxins. It regulates the vital energy Qi, the liver and calms the mind from phobias and sadness.
- The oil is primarily intended for external use and should only be consumed internally as directed by a qualified healthcare professional. - Its use should be avoided during pregnancy, breastfeeding and by small children.
- Avoid exposure to the sun after using the oil.
Interactions with other drugs
Hypericum generally works mildly and is quite receptive to the human body. However, it can interfere with the effects of many prescription drugs and therefore should be used with caution in these cases or avoided altogether. Mainly interacts with antipsychotic and antiseizure drugs (Such as risperidone and 9-hydroxyrisperidone - ie paliperidone, Xeplion or Invega), cyclosporine, warfarin, digoxin, HIV drugs, cancer drugs including irinotecan and anticoagulants such as . Concomitant oral use and combination with antidepressants could lead to elevated serotonin levels causing a dangerous medical condition known as serotonin syndrome.
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