St. John’s Wort is a sun loving, hardy, easily spreading, perennial with cheery yellow flowers that leave a resin with a purple-red stain on the hand when picked. If you look closely at the leaves and they are held up to the sunlight, you will notice little glands containing the resin that look like perforations the size of pin pricks.
It is typically in full bloom in midsummer and will continue to flower through September. It has been used medicinally since ancient times and is still prized today for its remarkable healing properties.
Latin Name: Hypernicum perforatum
Key Elements – Uplifting, Heals Wounds, Nerves
How to grow: From seeds, dividing roots in spring or taking cuttings in summer
Taste: Sweet, oily, warm, dry
Parts used: Bud, flower, and leaves
Plant preparations: Infusion, tincture, salve, oil, compress, liniment, lotion, capsules
Key constituents: Flavonoids, glycosides (hypericin), resin, saponins, tannins, volatile oils
Safety: Can cause photosensitivity in some people, may interact with prescription drugs
Medicinal Uses: Internal and external.
- Traditional remedy for wounds, particularly puncture wounds and bites from animals
- A key remedy for the nervous system
- Used for nerve pains and injuries, inflammation and pain (sharp, shooting)
- Sciatica, pinched nerves
- Post operative pain and neuralgia
- Slipped disc
- Often used to relax tension, stress and anxiety
- Know for uplifting spirits (Seasonal Affective Disorder remedy/SAD); antidepressant
- May be helpful for insomnia
- Boosts immunity. Used for viral infections including influenza, shingles. herpes, polio, hepatitis C, HIV
- Radiation protection
- Considered a liver remedy, detoxifies, used for jaundice
- Multiple sclerosis
- May help eliminate parasites
- Heavy, painful, irregular periods and PMS symptoms
- Bladder issues and bed wetting remedy for children
- Clears phlegm from respiratory area
- May make skin more sensitive to sunlight
- Use salve or oil topically to soothe and heal burns, cuts, wounds, inflammation, sores and ulcers
Systems supported: digestive, nervous, respiratory, liver/gallbladder, kidneys/bladder, lymphatic, muscular and skeletal.
Herbal Actions: Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Astringent, Expectorant, Nervine, Sedative, Vulnerary.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.