The scientific name of St. John’s wort is Hypericum perforatum. Its origins are from Eastern Europe. St. John’s wort is also known by other names, such as goatweed, demon chaser and amber. This plant got the name due to its blooming season, which falls somewhere around St. John’s day which is 24 of June. In the 1st century AD, the Romanian military used St. John’s wort as a home remedy for mental disorders. In this period, it was named as the magic potion by herbalists and kings in the Middle Ages. This is one of the most popular herbs which are used in the USA, China, South – East Asia, Russia and Europe. It can be used for many different problems, but mainly it is used for treating anxeity and depression. You can find St. John’s wort in many different forms, such as raw, oil, capsule and tincture. All of these forms have their own specific uses. You should never replace St. John’s wort with any OTC medication. You should always talk with your doctor before you start using this herb. St. John’s wort can also cause some side effects, such as hair fall, dry mouth, dizziness, restlessness, sexual/erectile dysfunction, headache, stomach upset and skin allergy.
Health benefits of St. John’s wort:
Treats sinus congestion: St. John’s wort has antiviral and antibiotic properties which can help to reduce phlegm and sinus congestion, bronchitis, flu and chronic coughing. You should gulp down a cup of St. John’s wort tea after every meal because you will get a relief from the mentioned conditions.
Helps cure Parkinson’s disease: It is known that St. John’s wort is effective in enhancing the quantity of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter. This is making the St. John’s wort a reliable remedy for Parkinson’s disease. There are some studies in which are said that the dopamine dysfunction is one of the reasons behind the mental congestion. Also it has strong antioxidant properties which can help to the neural degeneration that is related to the onset of Parkinson’s disease. It is recommended drinking St. John’s wort tea or taking 300 mg of its capsule on daily basis to keep this congestion at bay.
Can help cure hangovers: There are some studies in which are said that hyperforin which is powerful active component in the St. John’s wort can help to cure the hangovers and alcoholism. You should drink a cup of tea made of St. John’s wort herb because it will keep hangover at bay.
Has anti – cancer effects: There are some studies in which are said that the regular usage of St. John’s wort supplementation can help to prevent and treat leukemia.
Reduces pregnancy pains: The lower tummy and hemorrhoids stretch painfully with the growing months during the pregnancy. It is known that the regular topical applications of the St. John’s wort on affected area can help to reduce the inflammation and pain. It has effective anti – inflammatory properties which along with the soothing effect on the skin, can help in the speedy recovery process.
Effective Health benefits of St. John’s wort
Lowers blood pressure: You should take St. John’s wort capsules on regular basis if you have fluctuations in your blood pressure. St. John’s wort has strong anti – inflammatory and antioxidant properties which can help to lower the inflammation in the cardiovascular system and it is decreasing the stress on our heart which in turn can help to lower the blood pressure.
Alleviate joint pain: St. John’s wort has strong anti – inflammatory and antioxidant properties which are making it a very effective home remedy for muscle spasms, gout and severe joint pains. It has soothing properties which can help to cure the problem within and also it is making you feel better in a few days. You should massage the aching limbs and joints with St. John’s wort oil once or twice per day in a period of 2 weeks and you will get a relief from it.
Alleviate ear pain: You can use the St. John’s wort to cure the pain that is caused by ear infections. There was one study in which was participating 100 children. They were given a home remedy mixture made by mullein, calendula, garlic and St. John’s wort and it was proven that this is an effective herbal remedy to get a relief from the ear pain.