Small batch, sustainably sourced herbal formulas from organic, fair trade farms. Haven Herbs is a women-owned, worker-owned herbal apothecary based in Columbus, Ohio.
St. John's Wort is an amazing herb, studied more in double blind studies more than most herbs- because of its amazing healing powers for the nervous system and neurochemical issues. Many people refer to it as "herbal prozac" because its effects on depression, S.A.D. and other biochemical deficiencies in the brain.
Many people do not know that it also acts as neurotransmitter support as well. This makes a massage oil so great for people with nerve damage or failing nerves in a given area- it can support healthy functioning for people with these issues.
Our massage oils come in 4 oz. bottles.
Ingredients (locally sourced whenever possible): Extra Virgin Olive Oil*, infused with St. John's Wort*.
How to Use:
We infused this oil and intended it for topical use. Use alone or cut with another lotion or oil for topical massage.
Specific Contraindications and Warnings:
St. John's Wort is often used to treat depression. If your depression is causing problems with your daily life, or you are having thoughts of suicide or of harming yourself or others, you need to see a doctor immediately. St. John's Wort should not be used to treat severe depression.You should see a doctor to make sure you have the right diagnosis before taking St. John's Wort. Your doctor can help you determine the right dose and make sure you are not taking medications that might interact with St. John's Wort.
Side effects from St. John's Wort are generally mild and include stomach upset, hives or other skin rashes, fatigue, restlessness, headache, dry mouth, and feelings of dizziness or mental confusion. St. John's Wort can also make the skin overly sensitive to sunlight, called photodermatitis. If you have light skin and are taking St. John's Wort, wear long sleeves and a hat when in the sun, and use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 or higher. Avoid sunlamps, tanning booths, and tanning beds.
Other potential concerns about St. John's Wort are that it may interfere with getting pregnant or make infertility worse; that it may make symptoms of ADD and ADHD worse, especially among people taking methylphenidate; that it may increase the risk of psychosis in people with schizophrenia; and that it may contribute to dementia in people with Alzheimer disease. More research is needed.
Since St. John's Wort can interact with medications used during surgery, you should stop taking it at least 5 days or more before surgery. Make sure your doctor and surgeon know you are taking St. John's Wort. DO NOT take St. John's Wort if you have bipolar disorder. For people with major depression, there's some concern that taking St. John's Wort may increase the risk for mania.
Women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding should not take St. John's Wort.