Uses: Native Americans dried the plant and used it as a meal.
The fresh leaves were
eaten when there was a need for calming.
They also used St. Johnswort
tea as a treatment for respiratory ailments.
Once considered a staple
medicine, it was administered to treat headache, bronchitis, digestive
problems, ulcers, excessive or painful menstruation, diarrhea, and
Tradition maintains that
½ teaspoon of flowers and leaves steeped for ½ hour in ½ cupful
of boiling water and taken each night before bedtime will eventually
A strong tea has been
used as a mouthwash to heal gums and minimize bad breath.
the herb as an astringent for the treatment of bruises, insect bites,
skin irritations and wounds.