St John’s Wort has been used for thousands of years. It is often also known by its latin name Hypericum and is one of nature’s best herbs for the whole nervous system.
Paracelsus was impressed speaking of it with great respect and saying that it was a plant in which God had hidden a great and wonderful secret. He claimed that simply being near a flowering St John’s Wort plant was enough to help promote healing.
St. John’s Wort In The Treatment Of Depression And Anxiety
St John’s Wort is one of the most researched and used herbal antidepressants known. Many studies confirm that up to 80 percent of depressed patients have significant decrease in symptoms of depression and a considerable increase in well-being.
Taken internally, St John’s Wort has a sedative and pain reducing effect, which gives it a place in the treatment of nervous complaints such as neuralgia, neurosis, anxiety, tension. sleeplessness hysteria and psychogenic disturbances.
The calming properties of St John’s Wort has also been employed, in the treatment of bedwetting, bladder troubles, suppression of urine, diarrhoea and dysentery.
It is recommended to counter menopausal irritabilities such as uterine cramping, anxiety, speech disorders, fitful sleep, sleep walking and neurosis in children.
Used externally as a lotion, it has antiseptic properties and is invaluable in the treatment of burns, skin eruptions, hemorrhoids, varicose veins and wounds by preventing scratches, cuts and punctures from becoming septic.
St John’s Wort And HIV Treatment
St John’s Wort is one of the herbs under scrutiny as a possible cure for AIDS. I can’t give any guarantee that it will work but I can guarantee that it will not make this, or any other condition worse and seeing it costs so little to try, I encourage AIDS sufferers to give it a go.
From a herbalists point of view, the use of St John’s Wort in the battle against AIDS ties in with the plant’s ancient role of being particularly good as a healer of wounds, specially when you consider AIDS is a breakdown of the immune system and St John’s Wort contributes significantly to the body’s defense capabilities.
I know a lot of people say it is wrong to raise false hopes but if it’s true that where there’s life there’s hope then there’s no such thing as false hope for the living, there’s only hope, no matter how ill they might be.
Natural Remedies Depression St John’s Wort
Babies suffering from abdominal pain are easily soothed by gently rubbing their tummies with the oil. If you are suffering depression, particularly menopausal depression, mix 20g of St John’s Wort, 20g vervain and 20g oat straw; infuse a teaspoon of the mixture into a cup of boiling water and drink the brew. Do this between three and six times a day, depending on need.
If you suffer from nervous disorders, particularly sleeplessness and over-excitability, mix 35g St John’s Wort, 25g hops, 15g rue and 35g valerian; infuse a teaspoon of the mixture into a cup of boiling water and drink the tea. Two or three cups a day should see a marked improvement in your condition.