Sierra Ayonnie
Mar 29 · 5 min read

Our mental health is important. Without having a balanced mind we are unable to keep up with the demands of today. But, more than that, we can not live our best lives. Maintaining a positive, healthy attitude is the key to all success, but what happens when you need medicinal therapy without insurance to help with anxiety or depressive symptoms?

Insurance can be hard to come by if you are not in a state that can grant Medicaid. If you are working a part time job that does not offer health benefits but you are suffering from depression then you may feel as if there isn’t a way out. Luckily, I’m here to share a vitamin with you that can help enhance your natural serotonin and dopamine levels. This vitamin is called St. John’s Worts and it’s great for people who are on a budget but need some relief from their symptoms.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or healthcare provider — take this advice at your own discretion.

You see, when I first did research on the vitamin I thought it was misnomer. Previously, I was taking Zoloft, a 50 milligram SSRI, whose effects would leave my brain feeling depleted whenever I was off of the drug. While SSRIs are a better choice for anxiety and depression, they do have their downfalls. The first, is that you can only attain them with insurance, you will have to attain a doctor’s prescription, and overtime the dosage may have to increase due to not utilizing your natural chemicals.

But, one of the more effective ways to help your brain chemicals without having to worry about insurance is by taking St. John’s Worts on an as needed basis. While some people may have depression and anxiety more severely than others, the vitamin can help to manage mild to moderate symptoms.

The vitamin dates back to its earliest usage in Greece. It was found to not only be great at treating nervous and depressive illnesses, but it also has antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant prosperities which cleanses you and promotes better immune health. It also has anti-inflammatory agents within its chemical makeup that can heal scars and burn wounds. Its ability to naturally balance the body is what makes it safer to use versus most prescription drugs.

The main active chemicals in St. John’s Worts are hypericin, hyperforin, and flavonoids. Hypericin is the main agent that activates the antiviral properties, hyperforin works to activate serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, while flavonoids can be found in various fruits which aids in cellular enzyme functions. All of these work together in order to create a two in one effect on the body, naturally. While antidepressants can help with brain chemistry they are merely mimicking these active natural ingredients which also boosts overall bodily functions.

As previously stated, this is not a drug that should be taken for severe depression. If you are having suicidal or violent thoughts please contact a health care provider. However, if you would like a natural alternative to treat:

— Premenstrual Symptoms

— Menopause

— Seasonal Affective Disorder

— Eczema, wounds, burns, or scabs

— Obsessive Compulsive Disorder/Social Anxiety

This may be the vitamin for you. St. John’s Worts can be found in any local pharmacy or grocery store. You may purchase this for as low at $8 from Walmart, Target, CVS, RiteAid, or Walgreens. If you do not like the pills then you can make a tea with the capsules and still receive the same desired effects.

It is recommended to take the vitamin on an as needed basis for mild to moderate anxiety and depression. But, if you would like to take the vitamin daily research has proven that the average dosage is 300 mg or 2 capsules three times per day.

Personally, I take 450 mg to treat PMS once a day, or 300 mg as needed twice a day to treat anxiety with OCD features. Due to my mental health issues being moderate I can feel the effects relatively fast. But, it is scientifically proven that one can expect to not feel anything for 3–6 weeks, just like SSRIs.

This is not a quick fix like benzodiazepines, or Xanax. It does take hours for the vitamin to work and you will need to take it consistently over at least a three day period to gain some kind of result. I recommend taking it twice a day over the course of a week to measure its effectiveness for your personal use if this is your first time trying the vitamin.

And, just as the video has mentioned it was once used to keep away bad omens, demons, and even luck that wasn’t in favor during ancient times. It’s name comes from latin origins and named after Saint John because the peak of its potency is near St. John’s day in June. It’s yellow leaves and potent red die from its stem was used by apostles and prophets to heal those that were sick. It is said that if the flower wilted over the bed head of one who was using it for protection they were to die soon.

The plant is also used to keep animals safe from bad energies that they may encounter. However, due to its tastiness it was found that cows would overgraze on them and then die due to over exposure in the sun. Which, if you use this herb is it recommended you wear more sunscreen than usual.

With that being said, do note that it can interact with other drugs. In nature, St. John’s Wort is a highly invasive weed that overtakes other plants nearby due to its potency. If you take this vitamin or drink a tea where its leaves have been seeped in steaming hot water it is not recommended that you mix it with other drugs. It can become highly poisonous if you do. It is has been noted to kill livestock due to a mixed interaction of chemicals and increasing photosensitivity. It is also not recommended to try this vitamin if you are a woman that is using birth control, it can weaken hormonal levels. You should not take this if you are taking a SSRI, this is does not act as a replacement.

However, if you struggle with alcoholism the chemical Hyperforin may act as a replacement and wean away cravings depending on the severity of the disorder. Since alcoholism and depression each have similar features it may help with moderate alcohol addictions.

If you are looking for something that can help with insomnia this can be the right vitamin for you as well! Most of us turn to melatonin as a sleep agent that helps us to reduce insomniac patterns. However, melatonin can be highly addictive especially when taken in large quantities. St. John’s Wort is able to relax the mind with only one capsule or steeped in a tea. It has a sweet taste when mixed with sugar and can be soothing. If you would like, you can drink one glass of St. John’s tea per night to receive sleep benefits and an improved mood.

I hope this article was helpful and you should leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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