St. John’s wort (Hypericum) is a very powerful plant which is widely used in the cosmetic industry and in treatments of many different diseases. It can be used for preparing different kinds of teas, oils, tinctures etc.
This plant is recognizable because of its light yellow flowers. It blooms from June to September, but if you want the best of this plant you should harvest it during July. Flowers and leaves are the medicinal parts of this plant. This is why you should not pick the plant with its root but just the parts you need.
Flowers are dried in shadow.
St. John’s wort is a natural antidepressant and does not have any side effects, like some drug-store bought products.
The tea is easily prepared and can be consumed as much as needed.
Effect of St. John’s wort
St. John’s wort’s flowers contain the following healing compounds: iron, flavonoids, essential oils and tannins. The presence of hypericin, which is an active ingredient that has important antidepressant effects, plays very important part in the healing processes. This compound’s antidepressant effect is similar to the selective serotonin reuptake blockers, the most prescribed antidepressants. This plant also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is believed that is also affects cancer cells.
Method of St. John’s wort tea preparation:
Put 2 dl of boiling water in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of St. John’s wort flowers in it. Cover the bowl with a lid and let it stand still for at least 15 minutes. After that, strain the tea. Make sure you drink this tea, while still warm, early in the morning on an empty stomach and in the evening before you go to sleep. The tea has reddish color and has kind of bitter taste.
This plant’s tea has positive effects on the following diseases and health conditions:
-- Menstrual pain
-- Insomnia (drink it before you go to bed)
-- Mild depression
-- Liver diseases
-- Bladder inflammation
-- Oral cavity infections
Mood disorders and depression treatment
Drink 2 dl of this tea three times a day for 3 to 6 months. You need to take a break after this period of time. The first effects can be noticed within a few weeks.
St. John’s wort tea is recommended for mild forms of depression.
Make sure you always drink this tea freshly prepared and while still warm.
Do not drink this tea in combination with antidepressants, birth control pills or anticoagulants.
St, John’s wort is a plant which can affect some pills’ effects. This is why you must consult your doctor for the possible side effects.