Latin Name : Hypericum Perforatum
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a flowering plant. The flowers are used to make liquid extracts, pills, and teas. It is a herbal remedy that has been used for hundreds of years to treat mental health problems.
- Anxiety, depression and mood swings: St. John’s Wort has significant amounts of hyperforin and hypericin which may raise the release of neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin) that modulate brain signals between cells and play an important role in the optimal functionality of our nervous system.
- Hangovers and alcoholism: It is believed that the potent component of St. John’s Wort, hyperforin, may help treat hangovers and alcoholism. Therefore, a tea made with the flowering tops of St. John’s Wort may be effective.
- Sinus congestion and chronic coughing:St. John’s Wort has antibiotic and antiviral activity that may help relieve phlegm congestion, sinus infection, flu and bronchitis symptoms.
- Wounds and bruises: St. John’s Wort has antibacterial and analgesic activity. Therefore, a balm, oil, or poultice made with St. John’s Wort flowers and leaves may help heal cuts, wounds, insect bites, boils, and bruises.