St. Johns Wart
Botanical Name: Hypericum perforatum
aka: Amber Touch-and-Heal, Barbe de Saint-Jean, Chasse-diable, Demon Chaser, Fuga Daemonum, Goatweed, Hardhay, Herbe à la Brûlure, Herbe à Mille Trous, Herbe Aux Fées, Herbe Aux Mille Vertus, Herbe Aux Piqûres, Herbe de Saint Éloi, Herbe de la Saint-Jean, Herbe du Charpentier, Herbe Percée, Hierba de San Juan, Hypereikon, Hyperici Herba, Hypericum perforatum, Klamath Weed, Millepertuis, Millepertuis Perforé, Rosin Rose, Saynt Johannes Wort, SJW, Tipton Weed.
Notes: Kosher Certified. Non-irradiated. Non-GMO.
St. John's Wort occurs naturally throughout North America, Africa and Europe. Although this herb has gained a lot of attention in recent years, its use dates to ancient Greece. The plant gets its name from the reputation of blooming on or near June 24th, the day celebrated as the birth date of John the Baptist.
Although the herb is toxic to grazing livestock in large does, humans have taken advantage of the plant’s beneficial properties for centuries. The seed pods and flower buds yield a red dye for wool and other textiles, the color of which can be modified to varying shades depending on acidity of the dye bath.
Infused in oil, the herb promotes skin healing and helps to ease muscular pain applied topically. In Germany, the German Commission E has approved of the use of St. John’s wort extracts for mild to moderate depression.
St. John's wort is most commonly used for depression and conditions that sometimes go along with depression such as anxiety, tiredness, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping.
Other uses include heart palpitations, moodiness and other symptoms of menopause, mental disorders that present physical symptoms, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The dried herb is used in tea blends or used to make infusions, tinctures and extracts.
Infuse in oil for use as a skin oil and liniment. The oil may also be used to produce creams and other topical formulations.
Active compounds: Hypericin, Volatile oil, Flavonoids, Pseudohypericin
Warnings: Because this herb is known to reduce the effectiveness of a number of medications, consult your physician before using St. John’s wort. Do not use in conjunction with benzodiazepines or other psychotropic medications.