St John's wort [Hypericum perforatum]
In Norway we call it 'Perikum' or 'Johannesurt'. It's link to St. John has it's roots in Jerusalem, where the 'Johanite' warrior monks (today:
'Knights of Malta') used it to treat wounded crusaders . It's of the Hypericaceae family, earlier Guttiferae or Clusiaceae. Blessed St John's has
been cultivated as a medicinal herb since ancient times, and is found in temperate and subtropical regions in Europe and Asia, and has been introduced
to the Americas ane elsewhere due to it's medical preference.
Bright yellow flowers on a plant is usually a sign it has great medical properties. St. John's wort was and is still used to tackle depression,
nervousness and insomnia for example. It contains quite a few interesting chemicals, like hypericine, oligomeric procyanidines, tannins and
flavonoides (quercetin), a few of which interacts with the limbic system and the production of certain neurotransmitters, like dopamin and serotonin,
and this is the reason it is used as antiderpressant and even in treating Parkinson's disease. But ask your doctor before using it. Please read the
warning at the end of this post.
An analysis of twenty-nine clinical trials with more than five thousand patients was conducted by Cochrane Collaboration. The review concluded
that extracts of St John's wort were superior to placebo in patients with major depression. St John's wort had similar efficacy to standard
antidepressants. The rate of side-effects was half that of newer SSRI antidepressants and one-fifth that of older tricyclic
Used in all pulmonary complaints, bladder troubles, in suppression of urine, dysentery, worms, diarrhoea, hysteria and nervous depression,
haemoptysis and other haemorrhages and jaundice. For children troubled with incontinence of urine at night an infusion or tea given before retiring
will be found effectual; it is also useful in pulmonary consumption, chronic catarrh of the lungs, bowels or urinary passages. Externally for
fomentations to dispel hard tumours, caked breasts, ecchymosis, etc.
St John's has both antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects, mostly due to the hyperforin, hypericin and pseudohypericin in it's genetic
makeup, making it an effective remedy for treating wounds, abrasions, burns, and muscle pain, but also certain viral infections. It has slight
analgesic and sedative effects. Also an astringent it stops or reduce bleeding and diarrhea. It is also used against jaundice, working miracles to
some livers. It's also an effective pectoral in chronic bronchitis and in removing excessive phlegm. A friend to the bed-wetter, a glass of St John's
tea before bedtime is the recommendation.
==> Tea general: A teaspoon of dried or fresh St John's to one cup of boiled water
==> Tea for depression: 2 teaspoons of dried wort to one cup of cold water. Boil up
==> The oil of St. John's Wort is made from the flowers infused in olive oil.
For treating wounds and analgesic effect: Use Hypericum oil, available at most pharmacies.
Make sure to ask your doctor before starting using this one, though, for it has some undesired pharmacokinetic
and -dynamic interactions with certain medicine, including risen serotonin and decreased serum levels and can turn out to be life threatening in some
cases, it can also cancel out the effect of some contraceptive pills, so be smart and consult your doctor first. In large doses, St John's wort is
poisonous. Increased respiration and heart rate and fever are early signs of St John's wort poisoning. You have hereby been warned.
 ==> en.wikipedia.org...
 ==> www.amazon.com...
 ==> Legeplanter (NKS, Norwegian) ISBN 82-508-0106-7
 ==> Legeplanter (Cappelen, Norwegian) ISBN 82-02-12667-3
 ==> Blomstermedisin (Carol Rudd, Norwegian) ISBN 3-8290-6169-2 (seems to be identical to
this one here
 ==> www.botanical.com...
 ==> www.herballegacy.com...
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