St. John’s wort

Pixabay NickyPe St Johns wort

St. John’s Wort treatment

For over 2000 years, ancient Greek physicians included
the powerful medicinal herb contained in St. John’s wort
for treating depression and inflammation. 

Image: Pixabay NickyPe – St. John’s wort.


St. John’s Wort Essential oil (Hypericum perforatum )

St. John’s wort is a flowering plant of the genus Hypericum (Hypericum perforatum) which for centuries, was used for its medicinal benefits.  It is believed the plant was named after ‘John the Baptist’ as the flowers bloom in late June, around the time a feast is held to commemorate him.  The herb was historically used to combat issues like insomnia, depression, treating wounds, kidney and lung sickness.

Today, the inclusion of St. John’s wort has been extended to treat menopausal symptoms, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety & related issues.  It can be applied to the skin to treat Eczema, wounds, bruises, burns, muscle pain, haemorrhoids, and irritating women’s health condition, vulvodynia.

Predominately grown in Europe, the plant can be found along the dry road-sides, meadows and woodlands of USA and Canada.  For a long time, it was considered a weed in Australia before being cultivated as a crop, now producing 20% of the world’s supply.

Gallery: Pixabay Images – NickyPe, manfredrichter, FinjaM flower & oils, St. John’s wort & bee.

How can using St. John’s Wort aid our overall health?  

Using St. John’s wort as an antidepressant over the years found that the herb encourages more serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine to the brain, thus improving your mood.

It has been used to bring relief of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, which can also cause irritability, anxiety, headaches, depression, hormonal imbalance and fatigue.

For women during the menopausal stages of life, St. John’s wort can provide a natural relief, improving sexual well-being during the use of the herbal remedy.

The benefits of using St. John’s wort for the skin are many, as it contains antibacterial properties for treating minor wounds, irritations, rashes, Eczema and burns.  It’s anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial properties which has been used for thousands of years to attend to cuts and abrasions.

Last year, I was asked by a gynecologist to make an all-natural product for ‘vulvodynia’, which causes chronic pain and discomfort of the female genital area.  I made a small batch of product which was also used to treat ‘haemorrhoids’. 

The Bespoke Products ‘Pot of Magic’ contains: Bulgarian Rose Hydrolat, Aloe Vera Gel, Flaxseed Oil, Calendula, Cucumber, Neem, Soyabean with Myrrh, Neroli, St. John’s wort and Grapefruit Seed Extract.    This very gentle & cooling product was used by patients suffering the condition to bring relief whilst treating the skin irritation.

In Summary, before using St. John’s wort, check with your doctor or health care professional particularly if you’re taking other medications, are pregnant or breastfeeding. It can be obtained from your local health food suppliers as capsules, tinctures, teas, powdered forms and oil-based lotions.

Be aware that using St. John’s wort can create other side-effects like dizziness, stomach upset, restlessness and tingling skin.  Use the herb preferably in the morning if you’re having trouble with sleeping.

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