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 Medicinal Benefits and Uses of St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Hypericum perforatum, also known as St. John’s Wort, is a flowering plant with yellow flowers. It can grow in many temperate regions and wildly grows in meadows around the world. Since the times of Ancient Greek to the middle Ages, St. John’s Wort was considered a magic herb that prevented various diseases. A century later, English herbalists deemed St. John’s Wort to be the best treatment for deep wounds, when used as an ointment.

No long after, this herb was introduced to the New World; it was found St. John’s Wort treated not only external ailments, but internal diseases and illnesses, as well. This herb, which is well tolerated, continues to be used in modern medicine.

Benefits of St. John’s Wort

The leaves and flowers of St. John’s Wort are used to make medicine. The most common use of this herb is as an antidepressant; it treats mild to moderate depression, as well as anxiety, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep loss, and other symptoms associated with depression.

Other uses include treating hepatitis C, migraines, muscle and nerve pain, migraines, and some psychological disorders, such as ADHD and OCD. It is used to decrease exhaustion, in general.

Applied to the skin, St. John’s Wort heals wounds and bruises, decreases pain and inflammation, treats bug bites and minor burns.

St. John’s Wort is also effective in treating:

  • Colic
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Sinus infections
  • Chronic coughs
  • Anemia
  • Jaundice
  • Mental disorders
  • Catarrh
  • Bedwetting
  • Psoriasis
  • Sore throats
  • Stomachache
  • Uterine cramps
  • Lung congestion
  • Melancholy
  • Menstrual problems
  • HIV virus
  • Intestinal worms
  • Carcinoma (type of cancer)
  • Mood swings
  • Kidney problems
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Hangovers and alcoholism

How to Use St. John’s Wort

When applying St. John’s Wort to the skin, create an oil mixture using the leaves and flowers and extra virgin olive oil. Add leaves and flowers to the jar and fill it with the olive oil. Leave jar in sun for a month. Then, strain out the oil and store it in your medicine cabinet, until needed.

To treat depression and to improve health, drink St. John’s Wort tea. Take the flowers or leaves and boil into 8 oz of water. After 10 minutes, strain out the water and flavor the tea with honey and lemon.

How and Where to Buy St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort can be bought at most health foods stores or online in forms of extract, oil, tea bags, capsules, or dried herb.

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