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Why St. John’s Wort Oil Should Be In Every Mom’s First-Aid Kit

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St. John’s Wort oil heals minor burns, even first degree burns. Apply the oil often during the first day of being burned. Eases tense muscles by massaging some oil over sprains and aches. It is especially good for growing pains in children. It regenerates the skin so apply it over cuts and wounds (after cleansing the cut). Its anti-inflammatory property minimizes scarring.

St. John’s wort oil is one of my most used home remedies! It is a superb massage oil; but it also helps with cuts, scrapes, minor burns, sore muscles and growing pains. Actually I can talk for several hours about all the situations I’ve seen St. John’s wort oil help, but let’s just talk about 5.

Just to be clear, we are not talking about essential oils here at all. I am talking about using St. John’s wort infused herbal oil that you can make in your own kitchen.

5 Uses Of St.John’s Wort Oil

1. Heals Minor Burns

St. John’s wort oil is an amazing home remedy for minor burns. It helps to stop the pain and heal the burn. I have multiple stories about people who have turned their first degree burns around using St. John’s wort oil. Like when my husband burned his hand on the stove or when I burnt the heck out of my arm in the sauna.

The trick is to apply it to the burn right after you burn yourself. Get a bowl or basin, and soak the burned area, or use a St. John’s wort oil soaked muslin cloth and keep it applied to the area for one hour. Apply it several times during the first day of being burned.

2. The Chiropractor Oil

St. John’s wort oil helps with muscle strain and tension. The more you use it, the better it is. You can massage it into tense, sore muscles several times a day and it helps to relax the muscles.

Many years ago, I worked in a chiropractor’s office doing massage. I used my home-made St. John’s wort oil on all my clients there, many of them had severe whiplash. People started calling my St. John’s wort oil the “chiropractor oil” because it helped them so much.

3. Cures Growing Pains

You may not need this remedy, but if you know a child that does, it is a great way to teach them about natural remedies and how they can take care of themselves. My son has painful growing pains that have him crying in the night. He keeps a bottle of St. John’s wort oil by his bed and believe me, he uses it!

It has calmed his growing pains and put him back to sleep more times than I can count. You know something is happening when he packs this oil in his backpack for his overnight camping trips.

4. Heals Cuts, Scrapes and Scratches

St. John’s wort has a vulnerary action on the skin, which means it helps the skin to regenerate and heal. As always, make sure your cuts and scrapes are well cleaned. Then you can apply St. John’s wort oil to help it heal quicker.

The one contraindication here is that I only apply the oil when I am at home and can keep things clean. Oil can attract dirt, so you don’t want oil on your scratches attracting dirt when you are running around outside.

I make sure everything is clean and then apply the oil several times a day to help heal the scrapes and scratches.

5. Reduces Scars

If you apply St. John’s wort oil several times a day to a cut, it will reduce the scarring. St. John’s wort oil is anti-inflammatory, so it reduces the redness and inflammation that can contribute to a scar.

It can also help reduce old scars. It doesn’t get rid of them completely, but it helps.

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

Kami McBride

Kami McBride is the author of The Herbal Kitchen. For 25 years she has been teaching people to use herbs in their daily lives for health and wellness. Kami helps you to de-mystify the world of herbal medicine, and is fanatic about motivating people to use herbs in their gardening, cooking, skin care, stress reduction and caring for children’s home ailments. She lives with her husband and 9 year old son in northern California and loves helping people learn how to use herbs in the home setting.

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