Medicinal use:

St. John’s Wort is a medicinal herb used as a sedative for centuries. It is used to treat nervous system disorders like severe depression, anxiety, and some sleep disorders. The herb contains antidepressant chemicals that affect the serotonin hormone which regulates the person’s mood swings in the nervous system. St. John’s wort has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in healing wounds and burns.

About the plant:

St. John’s wort is commonly found in North and South America, Europe, North and South America, New Zealand, Australia, and Eastern Asia. It grows up to a height of 1-3 feet. The stems are a dark red at the base and covered with dark red dots at the branches. It has yellow color flowers with five petals. The flowers bloom from June to September.

How to grow:

Sow the seeds directly in the ground in spring or late summer. The seeds need light to germinate so seeds to be pressed into the soil without covering them. The plant requires regular watering and the soil is kept evenly moist.

Parts used:

Flowers and Leaves

How to use:

St John’s wort can be used in the form of pills, capsules, lotions, and extracts. St John’s wort tea can be prepared with fresh leaves.

Caution:

It may cause nausea and dizziness in some people. Consult a doctor before consuming it.

Common names:

Hypericum, Klamath Weed, Goat weed, Touch-and-heal, Rosin rose.

References:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-329/st-johns-wort
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92750/