Herb Profile: St John’s Wort
This small flowering plant has long been revered for its anti-depressant properties, but it turns out St John’s Wort’s mood-stabilising effects are only half the story. It can also ease insomnia, treat inflamed skin, soothe a diseased gut, reduce the severity of hormonal problems, ease addictive tendencies, calm the nervous system and possibly even prevent HIV and AIDS.
Why’s it called St John’s Wort?
Its name references St. John the Baptist. In Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa (the regions St John’s Wort is native to), the plant comes into bloom around June 24th, which is Saint John’s Day. It’s also known as rosin rose or goatweed.
St John’s Wort Medicinal Prowess
Unlike some herbal treatments, St John’s Wort’s health benefits have been widely verified by scientists and its commonly prescribed by medical professionals in many countries. The chemical constituents of St. John’s Wort include bioflavanoids and a range of antioxidants that can have a significant impact on the hormonal, physical, and chemical behavior of the body.
St John’s Wort history
The plant has been used to drive out evil (much like garlic!) and illness (of mind and body) for centuries, throughout the globe. The ancient Greeks used it for its magical properties as well as for its health benefits. It was a common offering to Greek Gods, with the plant frequently being left at the feet of statues.
Key health benefits:
Anti-Depressant: the most well-known effect of St. John’s Wort is its anti-depressant nature. It has been widely used to relieve symptoms of depression for generations, and is now a popular natural solution that doctors and psychiatrists often prescribe to their patients. It contains a rare combination of antidepressant chemicals that inhibit or delay the reuptake of certain neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine giving out bodies additional energy and pleasure, chasing away depressive symptoms.
Antiviral properties: St John’s Wort has anti-viral properties and might even be able to prevent hepatitis and AIDs. New research has recently come to light that St. John’s Wort has certain antiviral capabilities, including the prevention or reduction of risk for AIDS and hepatitis.
Anti-Inflammatory Agent: The plant is very rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants, making it a soothing treatment for inflammatory conditions ranging from arthritis to inflammatory bowel conditions to muscle aches to gout.
Skin soother: St John’s Wort can help heal and soothe minor skin injuries, such as burns and rashes, due to its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
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