Healing benefits of St. John's Wart (Hypericum perfortum)
*Supports emotional well being, high concentration of hypercin and hyperforin help regulate serotonin reuptake centres. Elevates your mood.
*Soothes anxiety and panic disorders
*Helps with insomnia
* Can help with menopausal mood swings
*Helps fight viral infections
*Helps reduce inflammation in the body and joints
*Helps the healing of bruises and wounds
Taste- slightly bitter, pungent and sweet
For general use, take 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) twice a day. Take on an empty stomach before bed. Do not take in excess. Please consult with a doctor before using, especially if you are on any medications. Can be placed under your tongue or added into a beverage.
St. John’s wort also induces the metabolization of certain medications. This means the body breaks them down faster than usual so they may not work as effectively. For this reason, doctors don’t usually recommend taking St. John’s wort if a person takes medications such as:
- indinavir (used to treat HIV)
- cyclosporine (used to prevent organ transplant rejection)
- birth control pills
If you take St. John’s wort with other medicines that affect neurotransmitter levels, it’s possible you could experience something called serotonin syndrome.
This condition causes symptoms such as agitation, tremors, sweating, and diarrhea. This can happen when you take antidepressants with St. John’s wort. As a result, it’s ESSENTIAL you talk to your doctor about all the medications you’re taking before you try this herb.
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I do not diagnose, prescribe, recommend or treat.
If a person is considering trying St John’s Wart for medicinal purposes, they should speak to their healthcare provider beforehand to ensure that it is safe for them to do so.
There is currently not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate dosage for St John’s Wart, and people should keep this in mind if they are thinking of using