St. John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum

St John’s wort is a powerful herb whose usage goes back at least to the ancient Greeks. Today it is widely used to combat mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. It is so called because it was traditionally harvested on the summer solstice, also known as St. John’s day

Medicinal uses: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral

Important Compounds: Hyperforin, Hypericin

Parts Used: Leaves, Flowers, Seeds

Preparation: Tinture, Tea, Oil

Caution: May reduce effects of other medication including HIV medication and the contraceptive pill