Benefits of St Johns Wort

The leaf and the flower part of the plant provide the health benefits of St Johns Wort, which treat a variety of illnesses and conditions. Early Christian mystics named the plant after John the Baptist, a follower of Jesus Christ.

Benefits of St Johns Wort

In Germany and other parts of Europe, St Johns Wort is prescribed for depression, more than any other anti-depressant. It is also commonly used for anxiety, nervous conditions, sleep disorders, hopelessness and seasonal affective disorder,(SAD). It is considered one of the best medicines for mood elevation.

The blossoms have also been used in kidney conditions, bacterial infections, ulcers, gastritis, diarrhea, and to promote healing of wounds. The benefits of St Johns Wort also include bed wetting and treatment of incontinence in children.

Used externally as a disinfectant for cuts and to relieve inflammation, the oil can also be applied to varicose veins.

St Johns Wort Side Effects

A very small percentage of users have complained of a sensitivity to light. An important point to remember is to never combine with pharmaceutical antidepressants, since the combination of 2 types of drugs used for depression would not be known.

The recommended dosage of St. John's Wort is 300 mg. per day. Do not take more than the dosage that is stated.

Pregnant women and women who are nursing should not take St. John's Wort unless first checking with their doctor.

If you are on prescription medications, always talk to your physician before taking St. John's Wort or any other supplement.

More than benefits of St Johns Wort on our Herbal Nutritional Supplement page

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