What is St John's Wort?
In the olden days, St John's wort was
hung above doorways to ward off evil spirits during midsummer. It
is believed that the name 'St John's wort' is derived from the Knights
of St John of Jerusalem who actually uses this herb to heal wounds
during the Crusades.
St John's wort parts used
St John's wort health benefits
St John's wort is an extremely good
external anti-inflammatory hence effective for healing any skin
problems. This herb contains a variety of healing chemicals
including flavonoids which is beneficial in helping to boost the
effectiveness of immune cells as well as hypericin which helps in
suppressing the activity of viruses. St John's wort herb also contains
other substances that helps in repelling fungi and bacteria while
counteracting inflammation. When St John's wort is applied
directly to any wounds or burns, the hypericin and other antibiotic
compounds in St John's wort oil can help in preventing infection while
the flavonoids helps in reducing inflammation. In fact, studies
have shown that a St John's wort ointment can substantially reduce burn
healing time and lessened scarring.
This herb has also been used for
centuries as a mild tranquilizer for emotional and nervous disorders.
It is also a muscle relaxer with no dangerous side effects at all.
The health benefits of St John's wort can be summarize as:
being particularly useful for emotional
upsets during menopause
alleviating immune-deficiency problems
especially when used as a St John's wort's extract
treating skin problems such as burns,
wounds, cuts, bruises, boils, eczema,
insect bites or skin inflammation especially by using the
red extract from St John's wort's flowerheads or by crushing St John's
wort's leaves and flowers then applying them directly on the skin
problem areas for about 10-20 minutes.
treating joint problems and
providing relief from rheumatic pain
treating nervous disorders such as
mood swings, anxiety and depression by mixing 10-15
drops of St John's wort extract in liquid to make a cup of
combating alcoholism by drinking a
cup of St John's wort tea after breakfast and after dinner daily for up
to 4-6 weeks. The St John's wort tea can be prepared by dipping
either one teabag of St John's wort tea or 1 tablespoon of St John's
wort's flower tops into one cup of boiling water, letting it simmer for
up to 5 minutes, straining out the tea then adding honey to sweeten it.
relieving hangovers by consuming
either St John's wort tea 2-3 times throughout the day or one 300 mg
capsule of St John's wort extract
inhibiting the development or progress of
Parkinson's disease by also just consuming a cup of St John's
wort tea or one capsule of St John's wort extract on a regular basis
with a meal
treating premenstrual syndrome or PMS
treating irritable bowel syndrome
relieving menstrual cramps
being used as an effective topical
treatment for hemorrhoids
Prolong usage of St John's wort may
occasionally lead to photosensitivity, headache, confusion, dizziness,
restlessness, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction and upset stomach.
When taking supplements of St John's wort, one way of preventing
photosensitivity is by applying a sunblock of good quality before
venturing out into the sun.
St John's wort may also interact with
other prescription drugs hence it is crucial to seek the consultation
of a physician especially if you are under treatment for cancer,
depression, heart disease, HIV infection or taking birth control pills
or blood thinner such as Warfarin or Digoxin.
Pregnant ladies should avoid St John's
There have been occasional cases of
people having an allergy to St John's wort hence if there are any
symptoms that appear and cannot be explain for, it is advisable to seek
a doctor's advice.
If you are regularly consuming St John's
wort, it is highly recommended that it is accompanied by the
consumption of iron supplements everyday due to the fact that the
tannic acid in the hypericum content in the St John's wort herb can
interfere with your body's capability in iron absorption.