Scientific name: Hypericum perforatum
Parts used: Herb tops and flower
Origin: Ancient Greece
St. John's Wort is a wild, long-living plant with yellow flowers that has been used as an herbal remedy for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties since the middle ages. It can speed the healing process of burns, bruises, and scrapes by stimulating circulation.
In ancient times, doctors and herbalists wrote about its use as a sedative and treatment for malaria. Today, St. John's Wort is widely used to treat mild depression, mood swings, relieve stress, and soothe the nervous system. Due to its tonic effects on the body and mind, St. John’s Wort also helps relieve excessive pain and remove the effects of shock.
St. John’s Wort can be very helpful in easing cravings and withdrawal symptoms after quitting cigarettes, alcohol, or other addictive substances. It is also widely recommended for women in pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause to reduce mood swings and anxiety.
Addictions, Anxiety, Burns, Depression, Hot Flashes, Menopause, Mood Swings, Stress
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