Healing Effects of St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is a mild antidepressant and a nervous tonic, suitable for people suffering from mild depression and anxiety. Other herbs such as ginseng or guarana are used for these problems, but nothing has as much effect as the healing effects of St. John’s Wort.

This wonderful plant has a very good analgesic effect on headaches and sciatica, as well as other common pains. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory, decongests the liver and stimulates the immune system.

What is St. John’s Wort?

St. John’s Wort’s  scientific name is hypericum perforatum.

Because St. John’s Wort contains ten different groups of active substances:

  1. Hypericin

  2. Flavones and Flavonols

  3. Quercetin

  4. Hyperoside

  5. Quercitrin

  6. Isoquercitrin

  7. Rutin

  8. Biflavonoids

  9. Xanthones

  10. Tannins and caffeic, chlorogenic and ferulic acids.


t has numerous benefits for a large number of health problems, which are investigated on a daily basis.

Mild depressions are often the cause of bad mood, low defenses and overweight. Many people try to manage them according to the predominant symptom, with anxiolytics – which can make the condition worse.

Externally, St. John’s Wort serves to close wounds, due to its content in tannins and other substances.

From the Middle Ages these effects are known and an oil of St. John’s Wort was prepared, with fresh flowers marinated in olive oil, to be applied in small quantities. It was used for all kinds of wounds.

It is also useful in cases of burns, scrapes and insect bites. Its action is to moderate the inflammatory reaction in the tissues surrounding the wound or contusion and also has an antiseptic effect.

Internally, it has antispasmodic and vitamin properties, due to its flavonoid content.

Use St. John’s Wort for these health problems:

  1. Gastritis

  2. Intestinal spasms

  3. Asthma

  4. Hemorrhages

  5. Varicose veins

  6. Fragile capillary

  7. Antidiarrheal

  8. Diuretic

  9. Rheumatism

  10. Also used for Gout, because it is a diuretic that helps the elimination of uric acid.

Recently, the antiviral effects of this plant have been studied, with good results at high doses, both in conditions that lower the defenses and in seasonal changes that make us prone to respiratory viruses.

It has a stimulating effect of the immune system, so it raises immune defenses in general.

Chlorogenic acid and quercetin, on the other hand, are two very powerful antioxidants that favor tissue repair.

St. John’s Wort Effective Antidepressant and Healing Effects of St. John’s Wort

Mainly, St. John’s Wort stands out for its antidepressant effect. Studies in Germany show improvements between the second and fourth week of treatment of the main symptoms of depressive syndrome such as lack of concentration, fatigue and insomnia, with lack of these undesirable effects of chemical antidepressants; You can use it for treating mild or moderate forms of depression (its use is not indicated for the treatment of severe depression).

Use St. John’s Wort to reduce aggressive behavior, improve memory, concentrating, and learning.

How is St. John’s Wort oil made?

You can use an oleate, also called herbal infusion oil, is a simple and effective way to safely enjoy the healing effects of St. John’s Wort and many medicinal and aromatic plants. You can massage this oil to reduce pain. You can even spread the oil, distribute it with a gentle massage and let it act for 15 to 20 minutes.

Instructions For Homemade St. John’s Wort Oil

In a sterilized glass bottle, introduce the plant and cover with olive oil. You must press so that the oil penetrates well and no bubbles remain.

Close the lid and shake the bottle vigorously to mix. Place jars ready to macerate in a dry place in direct sun light. Move the container every day.

After 3 days, filter the preparation 2 times with a cotton filter or a thin cloth. Store the St. John’s Wort oil in another sterile, dry, dark-colored bottle.

St. John’s Wort oil is successfully applied in ulcerations, sores, herpes, burns and wounds. It has been shown to be useful in skin cancer and in spots of AIDS patients. Use a gauze or cotton and apply to the affected site.

Essential Precautions 

Make an infusion of leaves and drink as tinctures, extracts and capsules to enjoy the healing effects of St. John’s Wort. Take certain precautions since St John’s Wort should not be taken along with certain medications:

You cannot take Antidepressants or antiretrovirals along with St. John’s.

Recent reports indicate that the St. John’s Wort extract has the ability to interact with different drugs, including:

  1. Ciclosporin

  2. Digoxin

  3. Oral contraceptives

  4. Theophylline

  5. Warfarin

Causing the reduction of their plasma concentration, which causes them to lose effectiveness.

You should use St John’s Wort at least two hours before or after taking and other medication.

On the other hand, at very high doses causes photosensitivity, which causes irritation and burns if exposed to the sun. People who wear St. John’s Wort should wear long-sleeved clothing, hats when outdoors.


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