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Nutrient - St Johnís Wort

(Hypericum perforatum)

By Nutri People

St John’s wort is a traditional medicinal herb, used to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety.  St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is native to Britain and Europe, though it has now naturalised throughout the world.  The flowers are bright yellow stars and bloom between June and August.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used St John’s wort for depression and melancholy, superficial wound healing and sciatica, as well as reptile bites and menstrual cramps. Legend tells us that the early, first-century Christians named the herb after John the Baptist as it flowers on or before the 24th June, the date celebrated as his birthday. Paracelsus (1493-1541) called it “arnica of the nerves” because of its empirical use in nerve disease. Gerard and Culpeper recommended it for the treatment of deep wounds, sciatica and palsy.

This is a wonderful herb for the nervous system, easing tension and anxiety, elevating mood and even improving sleep patterns in cases of low mood. At least 30 studies on more than 1,700 patients show that St John’s wort can be effective in relieving symptoms of low mood without the side effects of conventional antidepressants. It is not fully understood how it works, but it is believed to help prolong the action of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, a deficiency of which can lead to depression.

It appears to work more effectively when used for six weeks or more.


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