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Common name St. John's wort
Botanical name Hypericum perforatum L.
Overview St. John's Wort's antidepressant effect is its strongest point. St. John's Wort also works in combatting anxiety and mood swings and in delivering additional energy and pleasure. This herb may be ideal for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. St. John's Wort aids in enhancing your metabolism and internal clock to battle sleeplessness, irritability and chronic fatigue, and in removing chronic stress hormones from the body, boosting health and cognitive function. This herb is also beneficial for women's health, since it helps reduce sensitivity of pre-menstrual symptoms.
St. John's Wort's soothing nature and rich concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds can ease pain caused by gout, joint discomfort and muscle aches, and help reduce inflammation of the cardiovascular system, helping lower blood pressure levels and stress levels on the heart.
Typical usage and preparations Traditionally used as a tea, also used to make a red St. John's oil for use in liniments and lotions, but only from fresh material.May also be administered as a capsule or extract for convenience. Can be used as a compress to relief pain and inflammation.
Precautions Not to be used during phototherapy. Fair-skinned persons should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight during use. May decrease the blood levels of certain orally administered drugs. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking with medications.