<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> St. Johnswort
  • May potentiate pharmaceutical MAO-inhibitors.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight.

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(Hypericum perforatum)
Common names: Amber, Amber Touch-and-Heal, Goatweed, Herba John, Johnswort, Klamath Weed, Rosin Rose, Sol Terestis, St. John's Grass, Tipton Weed.

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St. Johnswort

St. Johnswort Flower

St. Johnswort

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Parts Used: Plant tops, flowers. Methods Used: Oil extraction, water extraction.

Spiritual Uses: A Druid Sacred Herb, it was burned to exorcise and banish spirits. The ancients believed that the scent of the plant would cause evil spirits to leave and it became a standard herb used during exorcisms.

Eventually, it was used to treat melancholy and madness because of these uses.

Sprays of the flower were hung to sanctify religious icons and keep away evil spirits.

Wear around the neck as a protective charm, especially in battle.

Physical 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 dysentery.

Tradition maintains that teaspoon of flowers and leaves steeped for hour in cupful of boiling water and taken each night before bedtime will eventually eliminate bedwetting.

A strong tea has been used as a mouthwash to heal gums and minimize bad breath.

Herbalists recommend the herb as an astringent for the treatment of bruises, insect bites, skin irritations and wounds.

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