Simple Herbal Extracts | St John's Wort


St John's Wort

Botanical Name

Hypericum perforatum

Part Used



Avoid concurrent use with SSRI's unless otherwise directed by Physician*

Traditional Information*

St. John's wort makes a vivid dark red tincture or oil due to its  dianthrones and flavonoids, which are broad-spectrum antivirals and anti-inflammatory agents. This herb's amphoteric effect on the nervous system makes it useful both as an antidepressant and an anti-anxiety agent. St. Johnís wort is used locally and internally for nerve and spinal injuries, nerve pain, sciatica, shingles, RSD, and irritable bladder.  

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.