St. John's wort oil or hypericum can be very beneficial for massage and it could easily be considered one of the most versatile oils (after lavender oil) for its usage and benefits in aromatherapy programs. It covers the widest range of ailments and conditions. Hypericum is a yellow flowering plant found in Europe, North America, China, India, etc. It is also known as Tipton's weed, amber, Klamath weed, rosin rose, goat weed or touch and heal. Hypericum is a large genus with about 300 species. It is found to be beneficial in the management of the following conditions in aromatherapy through massage:
• Nerve tissue damage
• HIV infection
• Anti viral
• Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social phobia
• Bladder problems
• Phlegm congestion
• Lower back pain
• Painful menstruation
St. John's wort (hypericum perforatum) is regarded as wildflower, weed, and herb. Hypericum comes from the Greek name for the plant "hyperikon" translating to "almost over ghosts" – a reference to mystical properties attributed to the plant from medieval times.
Recent studies have targeted the pharmacological mechanisms and clinical use of St. John's wort for addressing depression, SAD, OCD, social phobia and generalized anxiety disorder. In support was a 1984 study conducted by Suzuki, et al., which exhibited that hypericin, which is the red component found aplenty in the flowers of St. John's wort, inhibited type A and type B monoamine oxidase.
These monoamine oxidase inhibitors are used as "Line A" chemicals in the addressing of depression, enabling to curb an enzyme that breaks down monoamine (a precursor of neurotransmitter norepinephrine). Neurotransmitters are endogenous chemicals that carry nerve impulses through some nerve pathways. It has been suggested that some types of clinical depression may result from a decrease in the effectiveness of neurotransmitters like serotonin in the brain.