St John’s Wort Healing Powers
Discover St John’s Wort Healing Powers
St. John’s Wort (scientific name ‘Hypericum perforatum’) is a plant that grows spontaneously in many parts of the world including Europe and North America is sub-mountainous regions and to the plains. Other names used for Hypericum perforatum are Tipton’s weed, Rosin Rose, Goatweed, Chase-Devil, or Klamath weed. It is perennial plan, growing most often around 40-50 centimeters tall. With its easy to recognize due to its yellow flowers and its leaves with reddish-rust dots. Its flowering tops have the most powerful therapeutic effects.
Among all herbs, the healing power of St. John’s Wort and its reputation as a drug is very solid, being the most documented herb in scientific terms. Every year, thousands of tons of hay turns into drugs and that gives a heavy blow to pharmaceutical industry.
Harvesting: If you are lucky to live in an area of temperate climate go out in the fields or near the forest and look for the yellow flowers, easy to recognize.
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) grows on meadows, clearings in the forest edge or even on the side of the road. It is perennial plan, growing most often around 40-50 centimeters tall. With its easy to recognize due to its yellow flowers and its leaves with reddish-rust points.
Its flowering tops have the most powerful therapeutic effects and they must be cut on dry, sunny days. The harvest must be dried out in shaded, well ventilated places, spread in a layer of no more than one and a half inch thick.
After drying it is stored in paper bags, in dark, moist-free places and can be used for one of the following recipes.
Healing Power – Recipes with St. John’s Wort as the main ingredient:
St. John’s Wort Powder
Grind dry stems of St John’s Wort with an electric coffee grinder then sieved through a fine sieve (such as the ones used for flour). Store the powder in a sealed glass jars stored in a dark and cold place, for a period of up to fifteen days (as active substances oxidizes relatively quickly). The powder should be administered 4 times a day, one teaspoon on an empty stomach.
Combined Infusion of St. John’s Wort
Put 3-4 tablespoons of shredded St. John’s wort in half a liter of water to soak for 8-10 hours, then filter. The resulting liquid is put aside. The plan leftovers after filtration plant are boiled in half a liter of still water for five minutes, then leave to cool and filter. Finally, mix the two extracts, yielding about a liter of combined infusion, which is used internally (drink 1-2 cups per day).
St. John’s Wort Tincture
To get this preparation put in a jar with screw twenty tablespoons of dry powder, then add two cups (500 ml) alcohol 50 degrees. Close the jar tightly and let it soak for 12 days in a warm place, then filter it. The resulting tincture is stored in small, dark bottles. It is administered four times a day, one teaspoon diluted in a little water.
St. John’s Wort Oil
Place 10 tablespoons of dried and shredded St John’s Wort flowers in half a liter of olive oil, grape seed or sesame. Allow the mixture to sit in the sun for two weeks, then filter it. The infused oil obtained is stored into dark bottles, which must be kept in dark and cold places.
St john’s Wort Remedial Powers – Internal Use
Depression – We recommend combined infusion of which is given one cup three times a day, in the course of 60-90 days, followed by 3-4 weeks of rest, after which the treatment can be resumed.
Weather sensitivity – several studies show that patients experiencing restlessness, headache, difficulty sleeping and concentrating because of weather phenomena full benefits from treatment with St John’s wort. Best respond to treatment patients suffering from dreary weather, fog and low light, St. John’s wort inducing a positive mental tone, liveliness and optimism. The St. John’s wort tincture, one teaspoon four times a day, in the course of more than 6 weeks, followed by 2 weeks off.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – combined infusion administered in portions of half a cup, 4-6 times a day, in the course of three months, followed by a month’s break. Many patients who took St. John’s Wort to treat other conditions noted the positive effects of the plant with these disorders. Formal studies done on this subject are still few and contradictory, but based on practical observations recorded by physicians can safely say that in some cases using St. John’s wort can achieve positive results for the elimination of these disorders or even to reduce their intensity and frequency.
Anxiety – is a pain in the St. John’s wort is not as efficient as for depression, but many patients (especially those with anxious-depressive tendencies) obtained encouraging results using this plant. We recommend a combination of St. John’s wort with linden (Tilia argentea), in equal proportions – take one teaspoon of powder, 4 times a day with some water.
Obesity and weight gain amid emotional imbalances – it is necessary to say in this context that, in fact, no person to deal with weight problems and that does not have an emotional problem underlying this disorder appetite. Therefore, many physicians in Germany and the United States have achieved remarkable results, treating obese patients with St. John’s wort. Giving a state of psychic tonus and alertness, greatly reducing the suffering caused by reducing the amount of food, creating the mood for an active lifestyle and sports, St. John’s wort is a true anti-obesity plant. The recommended treatment is the combined infusion of St. John’s wort, one litter twice a day, drink half of it 30-60 minutes before main meals.
Colitis – is recommended to take St. John’s wort, one teaspoon four times a day for period of 30 days, followed by 21 days of rest. St. John’s wort must be taken on an empty stomach before breakfast or at least two hours after eating. The active principles of the plant reduces the number of bacterial fermentation in the gut, thereby regulating flora, restore epithelial and eliminate inflammation. It also helps reducing the psychological stress, which is among the main factors leading to the appearance, worsening or recurrence of colitis.
Chronic or acute hepatitis – more studies show that some active substances in St. John’s wort (hypericin and hyperforin in particular) attack viruses that cause hepatitis B and C. Laboratory tests made in this regard are promising, but studies are still being ongoing. What we can say for sure right now is that St. John’s wort, even if only as an adjunct, is helpful in the treatment of hepatitis. It reduces the pace of the disease helps to control your emotional tensions that are very dangerous for those with liver problems, protect the liver from the destructive processes. St. John’s wort combined infusion is recommended in dose of one liter per day, for a period of 6 weeks followed by 3 weeks of rest. Alternatively St. John’s wort powder can be taken, 4 teaspoons each day.
Insomnia – in several studies done in institutes in Canada, Germany and the UK, was examined how St. John’s wort affects sleep. It was found that although it is not helping us to fall asleep faster, it is increasing the phase of dreamless deep sleep (the most restful sleep phase) by increasing the production of melatonin (sleep hormone) and it makes waking up in the morning much easier. For this, it is recommended to take St. John’s Wort tincture 3 times per day, and have the last doses at 7pm and 10 pm. This is a simple treatment that will make you sleep more restful and is even regenerating, and it will significantly increase the sleeping time.
Alcohol dependence and nicotine – it was found that patients who have decided to quit these vices have a much better chance of success if they undergo treatment with St John’s wort. This will on the one hand reduce the suffering of the adaptation period and, on the other hand help overcome the psychological withdrawals symptoms. It is recommended to drink the combined infusion – for the first week drink a litter and a half of infusion per day then reduce the dose in the coming weeks to a liter per day. A course lasts six weeks and should be followed by 3-4 week break, then resume treatment.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – observations made by American doctors shows that mental disposition of patients with premenstrual syndrome using St. John’s wort is much improved. St John’s Wort helps reducing physical symptoms such as irritability, depression, attention deficit and concentration, mental hyper-excitability, all related to the period before menses or during menses. The same doctors have noted similar effects of St. John’s wort if periomenopausal disorders. The recommendation is to use powder, one teaspoon four times a day, in the course of 28 days, 10-14 days of rest.
St john’s Wort Remedial Powers – External Use
Small and medium-severity burns – the first application is a wash with a cotton swab moistened with St. John’s Wort tincture
As soon as the skin dries, apply 2-3 times daily St. John’s Wort oil, while making sure that 24 hours after using St. John’s wort preparation the skin is not be exposed to sunlight.
Bruising – apply compresses with tincture of St. John’s wort to the affected area. it will decrease the sensation of pain, the injury will heal faster and be less evident in various stages of healing.
Open sores – apply 2-3 per day St. John’s Wort tincture. It will reduce pain, prevent infection and accelerates healing and scarring.
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