St. John’s Wort

Product Overview

If you squeeze the leaves or petals of St John’s wort, a red oil is emitted and this led the early Christians to believe it was the blood of John The Baptist. Wort is an old English name for ‘plant’. Traditionally St John’s wort has been used on wounds and indeed St John’s wort flower tincture was a standard treatment for wounds and bruises since the 17th Century.

Latin name: Hypericum perforatum
Amount: 50-100g
Type: Organic, Dried Flowers

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What is it used for?

  • Modern European research programmes have potentially found evidence that St John’s wort can boost the effectiveness of our immune systems and has even recently been linked to treatments for AIDS
  • Hypericin in the flowers petals may act as an antibiotic which may explain its long term use as a wound treatment
  • Some herbalists also believe that Hypericin can aleviate the symptoms of depression

How to prepare

Apply crushed leaves of St John’s wort to a minor cut or bruise
Enjoy as an infusion by drinking one teaspoon of dried plant, steeped in a cup of hot water for over ten minutes, up to three times per day, to help with depression or to boost your immune system HOW TO MAKE A HERBAL INFUSION
Enjoy as tincture with one teaspoon in a cup of water up to three times per day HOW TO MAKE A HERBAL TINCTURE

Cautions

  • Due to symptoms of photosensitivity in cows after chronic consumption of St John’s wort some experts believe people with pale skin should not consume the herb internally
  • Do not give to any child under two years old
  • Do not use while pregnant or nursing
  • For over 65s, use low levels, infrequently

Additional information

Additional information

Latin Name

Hypericum perforatum

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