St John’s Wort dried herb
St John’s Wort Important information
Please read before taking this herb
Latin Name: Hypericum perforatum syn. Hypericum deidesheimense, Hypericum vulgare, Hypericum lineolatum, Hypericum mixtum
St John’s Wort is a very powerful anti depressant which is more effective than most prescribed anti depressant drugs.
Note: ALWAYS seek professional medical advice BEFORE taking this herb if you are already taking a prescribed anti depressant.
In all cases, always consult a qualified medical practitioner if you are unsure about ingesting any herb.
St John’s wort is a herbal medicine that is used to treat symptoms of mental health problems. These include mild and moderate depression (for example seasonal affective disorder, SAD), mild anxiety and sleep problems.
St. John’s wort has a long tradition for pain relief, especially nerve pain. Applied as an oil or ointment topically, it works nicely for taking the bite out of shingles. Historically, it was used to soothe and heal burns, including sunburn. I like to combine St. John’s wort salve with a little lavender for added relief. We are familiar with St. John’s wort for depression, but its use for nerve-related pain goes back much further. St. John’s wort can also be taken internally for pain as well as depression.
St. John’s wort is specifically indicated for “menopausal neuroses”: Many women who experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional disturbances during menopause benefit from St. John’s wort.
St. John’s wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight.
Side effects of St. Johns Wort can include anxiety, dry mouth, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, headache, or sexual dysfunction.
St John’s wort may interact with birth control pills and may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
Research shows that St. John’s wort interacts with some drugs by affecting the way the body processes or breaks down many drugs, it may speed or slow a drug’s breakdown including:…………
Warfarin and related medicines used to thin the blood.
Indinavir and other medicines used to control HIV infection.
Irinotecan and other anti cancer medicines.
Birth control pills.
Cyclosporine, a medicine that helps prevent the body from rejecting transplanted organs.
Digoxin, a medicine used to strengthen heart muscle contractions.
To make a herbal Tea infusion
Use 1 heaped Tablespoon per cup required.
Place in pot.
Add boiling water.
Allow to infuse for 5-8 minutes.
Strain into a cup and enjoy
You can add Honey or our natural Palm Sugar as a sweetener.
Or you can add a little Lemon to taste.
Take one to two cups per day
Start taking one cup per day for 2 days, then increase to 2 cups per day – one in the morning and one in the evening is ideal.