St. John’s wort (Latin name: hypericum perforatum) is in the group of medicinal plant with a many beneficial effect on the body in many ways.
It has a magical power to cure many organ and systems in the body, and offers many possibilities for use, such as tea, oil, drops, capsules, tablets, etc.
Can be found on meadows, pastures and rocky areas, blooms from may to late august depending on climate of the region. Grows in height of 60 cm and has specific smell and bitter taste. Its rich with iron, essential oils, resins, carotene, vitamin C and choline.
I. Facts about healing properties of St. John’s wort
1. Has strong antidepressant effect, therefore is not advisable to mix it with others drugs for this purpose, because it has same role. However, in recent years, many scientific studies have confirmed this fact, and is usually is used for mild and moderate depression. In comparison with pharmaceutical antidepressants, show equal efficacy, and less side effects.
- St. John’s wort and yarrow for tea against depression
Mix it an equal amount of St. John’s Wort and Yarrow (Latin name: Аchillea millefolium), and add 200 ml of boiling water and let it stand for 10 min. Drink this tea 3 times a day.
2. Except for depression, helps in treating: fears, mood disorders, in menopause, night urination and obsessive compulsive disorders. Also for seasonally depressions which is specifically manifested during the winter months, when there is lack of sufficient sunlight.
3. St. John’s wort, is most popular for treatment of injuries skin, wounds, cuts, stings and ulcers. Also relieves symptoms of gastritis, stomach ulcer, kidney disease, liver, spleen and bladder. Is known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties and therefore is effective in treating wounds and burns.
4. It is used as a remedy against disruption of digestion, for stimulation juices in the stomach, and as a result for this helps in digestion of food.
5. Helps in reduce blood pressure and prevent heart disease, also is excellent against hemorrhoids and burns. Traditionally is prepared like oil, that is used to reduce pain as rheumatism, gout, bleeding and skin changes.
II. Precautionary measures before use St. John’s Wort oil
- St. John’s Wort oil is non-irritant and non-sensitizing
- Use with care during pregnancy, and on young children.
- Do not take it internally
- St. John’s Wort oil is phototoxic and therefore, can damage your skin if rubbed on the skin and exposed to sunlight.
Note: Natural remedies are not a substitute for traditional medicine nor for medicines prescribed by a doctor. Do not use them if you are hypersensitive to some of them.