St John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum, which is commonly known today as St John’s Wort, is a species of flowering plants that are commonly used as a natural treatment of depression. This perennial herb bears yellow flowers and has creeping rhizomes.

In placebo studies, St John’s Wort was found effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders of the gastrointestinal origin.

Here are some of the most common applications of St John’s Wort found today.

  • Several studies have confirmed the effectiveness of St John’s Wort as a natural remedy for depression, especially in children and teens.
  • In the ancient times, this herb was used as a folk remedy for most emotion problems. It was also believed that this plant may ward away evil spirits.
  • Natural medicine practitioners have been using the extracts of this herb to deal with many different conditions, including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, hyperactivity etc.
  • The oil extracted from this plant was also used as a folk remedy to handle skin conditions including burns, hemorrhoids, nerve pain and other skin injuries.
  • Many herbal skin creams and cosmetics used today include the extracts of this plant.
  • The use of St John’s Wort for smoking cessation is now being explored, and several studies are now showing promising results regarding this new fact.
  • St John’s Wort has also been found to deal with many other health conditions including seasonal affective disorder, menopausal symptoms, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome and more.
  • Some alternative medicine practitioners also believe that the extracts of this herb could help cure ear pain in children, especially when combined with mullein, calendula and garlic extracts.
  • The oil extracts of this herb contain tannins, which help relieve most skin irritations and cuts.
  • St John’s Wort also contains anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial effects that re beneficial in the natural treatment for many disorders.