St. John's Wort

Anti-depressant • Mood lifter • Nerve Strengthener

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St.John's Wort
(Hypericum Perforatum)

“Wort” is an Old English word for “plant”, so don’t confuse it with bumpy skin conditions. Its use as an anti-depressant dates back to the Middle Ages.

A wild plant that grows like an aggressive weed. Commonly found in alkaline soils. It grows to about 15 inches (35 cm) and has pretty yellow flowers. The top part of the flower is picked in full flower. (There are several different species, so make sure you pick the right one. Widely available in health shops and pharmacies as an extract in pills or capsules. It is probably easier to purchase it over the counter.)

It is one of the most tested natural remedies in existence. Many studies have produced very positive results (especially against depression) that its claims are rarely argued.

Functions / Benefits
Anti-viral properties. Nervine (strengthens and builds up the nerves). Anti-depressant. Anti-inflammatory.

Indications
Mild depression. Anxiety. Neurasthenia. Neuralgia. Nerve pains. Back pains. Puncture wounds.

Contraindications
- Don’t treat severe depression.
- It should never be taken in combination with any other type of anti-depressant.
- St. John’s Wort has been proven to cause uterine contraction in lab animals. To err on the side of caution, it is best avoided by pregnant women.

Method & Dose
Ingestion: 2-3 cups of tea.
Ingestion: 3-4 teaspoons of the tincture daily.

   
     

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