The botanical Latin name for St. John’s Wort, ‘hypericum perforatum,’ has several noted origins. Hypericum is from the Greek word “hyperikon” which means “over,” and “eikon,” meaning “image or apparition,” a reference to the belief that the herb was so obnoxious to evil spirits that even a whiff of it would cause them to disseminate. Legend tells us that in the 1st century, early Christians named St. John’s Wort after John the Baptist since the brightly colored flowers bloom on June 24th celebrated as John the Baptist’s birthday. The striking arrangement of its five yellow petals resembles a halo, and when picked releases a crimson red liquid believed to symbolize the spilled blood of their beloved John. St. John’s Wort has been used for centuries as a sedative to treat mental disorders and nerve pain, to treat malaria, and as a balm for wounds, burns, and insect bites. Today it is used as a traditional remedy for depression, anxiety, and/or sleep disorders. It has been shown to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and wound-healing effects. Due to its anti-viral properties, St. John's Wort may have a beneficial effect on patients with Hepatitis C, HIV, and AIDS. Studies have found that it may also help with psoriasis, sore throats, chronic coughs, sinus infections, Parkinson's disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, arthritis, and nerve pain. CAUTIONARY NOTE: it has been reported that St. John's Wort may interact with other drugs or its overdose may cause side effects such as dry mouth, headache, restlessness, confusion, dizziness, upset stomach, sexual dysfunction, and photosensitivity. Therefore, consult your physician prior to taking this herb, particularly if you are being treated for depression, cancer, HIV infection, heart disease, are on blood thinners (Digoxin or Warfarin), or birth control pills. DO NOT TAKE St. John's Wort if you are pregnant. Some individuals may be allergic to St. John's Wort, so contact your health practitioner.
St. John's Wort Powder (hypericum perforatum)
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments St. John’s Wort can provide relief for: • Anxiety • Coughs • Depression • Fatigue • Nerve Pain