Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort

Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum

Uses: Wounds, Neuralgia, Depression

St John's wort isolated on whiteDescription: St. John's wort has recently become extremely popular for its ability to lift the spirit and control mild depression. It works as well as an antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent and is being researched for its benefit to AIDS patients. It has long been used as a remedy for uterine cramping, bedwetting, and anxiety. It is used internally and externally for pain relief. As an oil, it is warming and soothing when applied externally for wounds, nerve pain, trauma due to tension or accidents, and burns. The oil or tincture applied locally is effective in reducing the redness and itching of poison oak rashes and the pain of scrapes or burns.

Note: Current research from Europe has shown the whole plant extract to be as effective as a popularly prescribed drug for mild depression.

Part Used: Flowers, Leaf

Preparation/Dosage: 1-2 drpfl 2-3 x daily (Tincture)

Organs/Systems Affected: Nervous, Hormonal, Liver

St. John's wort has caused photodermatitis in cows and sheep who have eaten large quantities of the fresh herb. It is recommended to avoid bright sunlight when taking therapeutic doses of the herb extract.
Source: C. Hobbs' Herbal Advisor.
Do not take St. John's Wort if any of the following conditions applies to you:
None known  
Source: The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Side Effects Photosensitization
Photosensitization is possible, especially in fair-skinned individuals.
Source: The Complete German Commission E Monographs
Drug Interactions
Do not take St. John's Wort with any of the following medication:
None known


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Updated on: 03/21/16
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