The Benefits of St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is a herb native to Europe and parts of Asia that is now also commonly grown in  North America and Australia.  Throughout history it has been used to treat everything from sword wounds to bedwetting, but is now mostly thought of as nature’s antidepressant.

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One powerful tea! Photo Credit: aid-depression.blogspot.com

St. John’s Wort contains:

Mostly used to treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervous tension
  • Insomnia
  • Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD)
  • Depression

Also used to treat:

  • Menopausal disturbances
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Shingles
  • Bladder control problems
  • Pain caused by nerve damage
  • Pain caused by inflammation
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Notice the amber bottle 😉 Photo Credit: Kimberly’s KupBoard

Best way to ingest it is:

Special Notes:

  • Is sensitive to light, most effective when stored in amber containers
  • May cause increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • May not interact well with some prescription medications

Reference:

Foster, Steven, and Rebecca L. Johnson. Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2006. Print.

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