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St. Johns Wort

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St. Johns Wort
Hypericum perforatum L.
Organic
1 ounce

St. Johns Wort has been used historically as an astringent, expectorant and a nervine. Used in pulmonary problems, bladder troubles and to suppress urine, worms diarrhea and nervous disorders.

Hepericum perforatum is one of many species known commonly as St John's Wort, and is the species most commonly associated with herbal medicine. It is native to Europe but has since been naturalized to other temperate climates around the world, with particular prominence in North America. The plant is a creeping perennial, producing star-shaped yellow flowers containing long, abundant stamens. St John's Wort is traditionally harvested near the beginning of the flowering cycle on St John's Day, which falls annually on June 24th. The flowers continue blooming throughout the summer and may be freely harvested throughout the season.

Considered a holy herb, St John's Wort was employed for a number of folkloric uses during the Middle Ages. It was once believed that the herb helped to protect people from curses, demons, and lightning.

In contrast to its many uses, some countries have identified St John's Wort as an invasive species and noxious weed. Though useful to humans, it can be dangerous to livestock, sprouting up in pastures and causing photosensitivity to the grazing animals that feed upon it. Ingestion of the plant may lead to health complications and even death.

Typical Preparations:

Traditionally used as a tea, sometimes available in tea bags; also used to make a red St. John's oil for use in liniments and lotions, but only from fresh material. May also be administered as a capsule or extract for convenience.

Precautions:

Specific: Not to be used during phototherapy. May decrease the blood levels of certain orally administered drugs. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking with medications.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

Packaged in a lined food safe, re-sealable Kraft bag with window.

Information about herbs, oils and body care products on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prevent, treat or cure any diseases or health concerns.



This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 20 September, 2011.

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