St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort or Hypericum perforatum is a low growing hardy perennial, with a woody base, leaves with notably translucent dots, and a 5 petaled yellow flower edged with small dark glands. Native to Europe and Asia, St. John’s Wort has also become naturalized to North America and Australia. The name St. John’s Wort comes from John the Baptist. The flower is said to reach the peak of it’s bloom on St. John’s Day June 24th and on/or around August 29th a red oil oozes from the petals, signifying his beheading¹.
St. John’s Wort is renowned for it’s healing properties. Containing Hypericin, Hyperforin, tannins and flavonoids, It’s active compounds serve as excellent healing agents. These healing properties are utilized through various methods internally and externally including; tea, poultices, capsule and oil extracts. Since the times of Ancient Rome and Greece, St. john’s Wort has long been used, one of its ancient uses was to prevent infections and helping wounds heal and was a go to for deep cuts made by a sword.
Many people use it internally to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Nervous Tension and Insomnia². In fact, clinical studies of St. John’s Wort have shown it to be as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, and with less side-effects³. Oil of St. John’s Wort is also used to relieve pain associated with pinched nerves, and poultices are still placed on wounds to promote healing and prevent infections.
St. John’s Wort has a deep and rich history of improving the livelihood of those in need of a little help lifting their spirit. Those looking to ward off a viral infection, and even those just looking to keep the bad spirits away have found the herb to be very effective for 1000’s of years.
There are two distinct periods in feminine sexual health that can be challenging in terms of mood swings: pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause. St. John’s Wort is widely recommended for women in both of these periods of their life, as the chemical constituents have been shown to reduce mood swings and anxiety in menopausal women, and also reduce the severity of cramping and pre-menstrual irritation and depression.
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A final note St. John’s Wort is a powerful herb and can have interactions with several prescription drugs, particularly antidepressants, be sure to research possible interactions that may occur with medications you may be taking.