St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) is an herb that has been used for many years as a medicinal plant, but its use stopped in the 19th century. However, nowadays, it is being used in clinical trials as an anti-depressing.

Available cut or in a bunch.

Description

General Information

St. John’s Wort (Latin name: Hypericum Perforatum) belongs to the Hypericaceae family. It blooms from May to August. The flowers are collected in early summer and dried for later use. It’s named after the St John’s Feast Day on 24 June, as it is the period in which it flowers, blossoms, and is harvested. It would also be hung on houses and doors to ward off evil spirits on that specific day.

Health Benefits and General Uses

It has been used for many years due to its healing properties but stopped being used in the 19th century. Recent research has brought it to the forefront. In clinical trials of patients with mild to moderate depression, symptoms improved with the administration. Due to its expectorant properties, it is used in cases of bronchitis and severe cough. It also affects the period and can relieve period pains, and even relieve the symptoms, both physical and psychological, of menopause. It also has beneficial properties for the stomach, as it improves indigestion, gastritis, and dysentery while at the same time it is a diuretic.

Externally it can be used in the form of a compress for bruises. Moreover, it relieves itching. In general, it is found both as a component of commercial drugs and as a component of creams.
This herb is not recommended for people with chronic depression. It should not be consumed by pregnant women. In fact, some South American natives used it for abortion. It may interact with other medications, so consult your doctor.

Available Forms:

  • Grated
  • In a bunch

Origin: Ε.U.

Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.