St. John's Wort

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St John's-wort

St John's wort, also known as perforate St John's-wort or Hypericum perforatum is a herb with a flower of a typically bright yellow colour. According to folk tradition, it used to be used as a balsam or an antiseptic for the warriors' wounds.

It grows in Europe and in Asia and it is one of the most scientifically studied herbs of traditional medicine.

St John's wort is a short herbaceous perennial herb with light wooden branches and typically yellow flowers that blossom from June to September.


From ancient times till after the Middle Ages, St John's wort has played an important role in pharmaceutical and therapeutic science.

It had been studied by Hippocrates, Plinius, Theophrastus and Galen.

Dioscorides used to recommend St John's wort for the treatment of lumbago, the healing of burns and relief from indigestion and colic pains.

Famous botanists and herbalists such as John Gerard and Nicholas Culpeper used to use St John's wort in their treatments in the form of ointments for the healing of wounds.

Medicinal uses

St John's wort has antiseptic and healing properties effective for wounds and burns. It is even effective against sunburns, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

It is effective against skin problems.

It boosts the immune system and strengthens weak organisms.

It relieves nerve pain and cramps and it has spasmolytic properties.

It has diuretic and antipyretic properties and works as a painkiller.

It gives impressive results against stomach and intestine disorders. It is also emmenagogue and helps coordinate the menstrual circle.

It is also sedative and relieves symptoms of bronchitis, cough and asthma.

It works as a mild antidepressant and tranquilizer and it is excellent for the improvement of sleep quality in periods of insomnia-it is no coincidence that people refer to it as 'balsam of the soul and the body'.

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