Health Benefits Of St. John’s Wort

Health Benefits Of St. John’s Wort

The health benefits of St. John’s Wort include its potential to alleviate symptoms of mild depression and anxiety, reduce inflammation and pain, and promote wound healing.

What is St. John’s Wort? 

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a flowering plant that has been used for centuries to treat various health conditions, particularly those related to mental health. It is native to Europe and Asia but has become naturalized in many parts of the world. It is traditionally harvested in summer time between June and September.

The plant has star-shaped flowers containing long stamens. It has bright yellow flowers with obvious black dots. The leaves when held up to the light also show translucent dots.

Health Benefits of St. John’s Wort

1. Anxiety and Depression

St. John’s Wort has been traditionally used to treat mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress. It is often used as a natural antidepressant. Its active compounds, such as hyperforin and hypericin, interact with neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain, regulating mood and emotional responses.

2. Pain Relief

The herb has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing pain and inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and neuralgias.

3. Antiviral Activity

The herb contains compounds that have antiviral properties, making it a potential treatment for viral infections like herpes simplex, HIV, and hepatitis.

4. Sleep Improvement

St. John’s Wort has been used traditionally to improve sleep quality. Its active compounds may help regulate the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and promote relaxation.

5. Wound Healing and Skin Health

St. John’s Wort has been traditionally used to promote wound healing by accelerating the formation of new tissue and improving collagen synthesis. It contains flavonoids that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which can help protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation, pollution, and other environmental factors.

It may also be used to treat various skin conditions like rashes, eczema, acne, rosacea, minor injuries, bruises, nerve pain, muscle pain, Achilles tendon, minor wounds and burns. It tends to be drying and cooling when applied topically and has been used to support the regeneration of nerve cells. (3)

6. Immune System Support

The herb has immunomodulatory properties, meaning it can stimulate or suppress immune responses as needed. This makes it potentially useful in treating conditions like autoimmune disorders, allergies, and viral infections.

7. Migraine Relief

Some studies suggest that St. John’s Wort may help alleviate migraine symptoms by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow.

8. Menstrual Relief

The plant has been traditionally used to treat menstrual cramps, bloating, and mood swings associated with PMS.

How to use St. John’s Wort

  • You can use the dried flowers, leaves, or stems of St. John’s Wort to make tea. Add 1 teaspoons of dried herb to a cup of boiling water, steep for 15 minutes, and strain before drinking. Drink 1/2 cup up to three cups a day.
  • St Johns Wort flowers infused in oil such as sunflower or olive oil.
  • Capsules or tinctures are also available, but be sure to follow the recommended dosage.

Important Notes

  1. Interactions with Medications: St. John’s Wort can interact with certain medications, including antidepressants, blood thinners, and immunosuppressants. Consult a healthcare professional before using the plant.
  2. Quality Concerns: The quality of St. John’s Wort supplements can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer and preparation method. Look for products from reputable manufacturers that provide third-party testing and labeling.
  3. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: While St. John’s Wort is generally considered safe, it may not be suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women due to potential interactions with medications.

The information here is provided for informational purposes only. It is not presented with the intention of diagnosing or treating any disease or condition. It is in no way intended to substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. (Read more)


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  2. A review of issues of nomenclature and taxonomy of Hypericum perforatum L. and Kew’s Medicinal Plant Names Services –
  3. The effects of Tendoflex® (polytendon complex) and Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort oil) on repaired Achilles tendon healing in rats –