St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort

Chase-Devil, Klamath Weed and Tipton’s Weed are all names by which St John’s Wort is alternatively known. It is found in Europe, Asia, North America, India and Brazil.

St John’s Wort: Latin name: (Genus) Hypericum; (Species) H. perforatum.

St John’s Wort is perhaps best known as a herbal treatment for mild depression and mood health, but it is said to offer other benefits as well.

Traditionally this enigmatic healer has been used in the treatment of diverse emotional and mood disorders, from anxiety and stress related conditions to OCD and premenstrual mood swings.

But St John’s Wort is also thought to contain antiviral properties, and is currently being studied for its possible effects on viral illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.

Externally, in the form of a salve, St John’s Wort has been used as a traditional treatment for cuts, bruises, mild burns, insect bites and scabies.

To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic St John’s Wort to a cup of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.

Caution: St John’s Wort should not be taken in conjunction with other antiviral drugs.

For further information on the properties and use of St John’s Wort we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.