St. Johns Wort

Popular Herb For The Mind And Body

1. What is it and where does it come from?

St. John’s Wort (hypericum perforated) is a herb that has been widely steeped in the tradition of healing in over 400 years of cited medicinal uses.

Its name comes from two different characteristics of the plant in relation to John the Baptist. First, the flower of the plant blooms around June 24, which is St. John’s day. Second, upon squeezing the buds of the flowers, a red pigmented liquid seems to ooze out, symbolic of the blood of St. John. “Wort” is derived from the Old English word that means “root.” The herb is grown all over the world, from California/Oregon and the Midwest in the U.S. to Australia, North Africa, West Asia, and Europe. St. John’s Wort is a perennial with yellow flowers and many stems. Historically, it has been used to ward off evil sprits and give warriors in battle heightened willpower when they wore the herb around their neck, among other uses.

2. What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?

Recently, a lot of scientific research has been done on St. John’s Wort, and they have shown that it has many positive effects when taken as a supplement.

3. Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?

For athletes, bodybuilders, or anyone who wants to get more cut or make their body look better by psychologically losing the urge to overeat fatty foods, St. John’s Wort is a good way to go.

4. How much should be taken?

Are there any side effects?

A good amount of St. John’s Wort to take is one to two mg containing 0.2 percentage hypericin three times per day. The only known side effects are phototoxicity, meaning those with fair skin should avoid tanning beds and heavy exposure to the sun while supplementing with St. John’s Wort.

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