St. John’s Wort, also known as hypericum, Hyperion, Grass of the Fairies and flower of joy, is a miraculous herb with nice yellow flowers that has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. It was used as a poison antidote in ancient Rome, while Germans called it “the light carrier” due to the resemblance of the flower’s shape to sun rays. It was named St. John’s Wort by the Christians as it flourishes on 24th June, which is St. John’s day.
In the Middle Ages, the herb was used as a psychotherapeutic remedy and in some exorcisms. Although not many people believe in its powers, it’s obvious that people in the past have been using the herb extensively and for good reasons.
Here’s a list of the herb’s properties:
The herb has been used against various digestive problems, minor wounds, bruises and burns, muscle pain, toothache, PMS and sleeping problems such as insomnia. However, perhaps the main attribute of the herb is its antidepressant effect. St. John’s Wort can fight depression naturally, and some experts say that it can also assist in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. What’s even better is that the herb works with no side-effects at all.
We usually seek medical help when we’re sick, but most of us are embarrassed of going to a psychologist for any mental problem. Stress, mild depression, anxiety and sleeping disorders are all dangerous problems which can lead to serious impairment if left untreated. Luckily, St. John’s Wort can treat them all.
The flower of the herb contains a high amount of hyperforin, a substance that can regulate the function of neurotransmitters that play a part in mood swings. It also contains tannins, phenolic acid, flavonoids and resins that have a sedative and antidepressant effect. The best way to benefit from all the herb’s properties is to use it in the form of tea. Here’s how to prepare it:
- 150 ml. boiled water
- ½ tablespoon dry St. John’s Wort flowers
Simply boil the water and pour it over the flowers, then let them steep for 5-10 minutes before straining the tea. Drink 2 cups of it per day, and you should improve your digestion and overall health while relieving stress and helping your mind relax. Don’t expect sudden results, however – the tea works without side-effects, but you must give it at least 2-4 weeks.
Although safe for anyone, St. John’s Wort tea is not recommended to pregnant and lactating women, as well as those on contraceptives and children under the age of 10. People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and bipolar disorder patients are also not recommended to try the tea.
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