What are the benefits of St. John’s Wort?

What are the benefits of St. John’s Wort?

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an herbaceous perennial with wild yellow flowers and oval leaves. It is mainly popular for managing depression but there are various ailments that St. John’s Wort can take-down.

St. John’s Wort is associated with the management of:

  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mood disorder
  • Nervousness
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Tiredness
  • Poor appetite
  • Oxidative stress
  • Wound healing
  • Inflammation
  • Eczema
  • Minor burns
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Cold sores
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety

In today’s post, we will talk about the benefits of St. John’s Wort on the basis of their preparation. So, without further ado, let’s dive straight into it.


St. Johns Wort Tincture 

For years, St. John’s Wort tincture is famed for treating depression. According to recent clinical trials, it is effective in the management of mild to moderate depression. It doesn't bring about the side effects that are associated with synthetic antidepressants, making them safe to use.

St. John’s Wort contains hypericin and hyperforin which increases the availability of those neurotransmitters which help in mood elevation, including dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

However, St. John’s Wort excessively interacts with antidepressants and many other prescription medications. Consult with your physician/pharmacist before adding it to your St. John’s Wort.


St. Johns Wort Oil 

St. John’s Wort oil is used topically (on the surface of the skin) to address skin issues. It is known to help treat scrapes, bruises, and inflammation. It is also applied to the areas where there is pigmentation to help skin regain its true color.

St. John’s Wort oil has proven to ameliorate the scaly skin with itchiness for mitigation of psoriatic condition. Other than that, it is used for bug bites, nerve pain, muscle pain, hemorrhoids, wounds, and even first-degree burns.

Precaution: After applying St. John’s Wort oil, do not expose your skin to the sun as it can cause a hypersensitivity reaction.


St. Johns Wort Salve

St. John’s Wort salve is highly effective in the treatment of cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) due to its prominent antiviral property. You may not contract HSV after its first outbreak, but the chances are always there so keep your St. John’s Wort salve stack ready.

St. John’s Wort salve can also be used to calm mild burns, sunburns, bruises, wounds, varicose veins, and itching and burning sensations associated with hemorrhoids.