St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) St. John’s Wort can be a powerful natural medicine for temporary depression. It has become a popular herbal supplement for controlling stress and getting over the blues and has also been used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, and other ailments. It has been useful in treating the mood swings associated with menopause and PMS and it is considered a mild sedative for treatment of insomnia. St. John’s Wort, as an analgesic, may be used externally for burns, bruises, injuries particularly deep or painful wounds involving nerve damage, sores, sciatica, neuralgia, cramps, sprains and tennis elbow. The pain relieving properties have been beneficial in easing the vocal pain and laryngitis associated with fibromyalgia. It is also said to relieve tension headaches, because of the herbs ability to relax blood vessels and increase blood circulation. It may be helpful for relief of those headaches that accompany hay fever.
Usage: 6-12 drops u to 3 times daily:
Contraindications: there are many warnings associated with the use of St. John’s Wort, as it may have potentially dangerous interactions with prescription drugs, and one should always consult a physician when taking prescription medication of any sort before using this herb. Pregnant women should avoid this product, and those who are photosensitive to light may experience an allergic reaction when exposed to sunlight or may become sunburned. Some people may experience stomach upset, restlessness, mild allergic reactions or fatigue when using this herb. Although it is called nature’s Prozac, it should not be taken by those who have chronic or clinical depression and should never be used with prescription anti-depressants or any medication that interacts with MAO inhibitors. Those who take anticoagulants, oral contraceptives, sedatives, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, high blood pressure medication (with ACE) inhibitors, drugs to treat HIV or drugs to prevent transplant rejection should not oversedation’s Wort. Do not take St. John’s Wort if you are planning to undergo any type of surgical procedure. Aside from its blood-thinning properties.