Health Benefits of St Johns Wort


The herb St Johns Wort is associated with lots of different health benefits, and many sites on the Internet sing its praises. However, there are downsides to St Johns Wort as well, and we should perhaps consider the downsides of St Johns Wort before we consider the health benefits of St Johns Wort. This is a herb which needs to be treated with respect.


Wine and St Johns Wort

I had a friend who started to take St Johns Wort after suffering a personal loss. She said it helped her to sleep and feel calmer. Both are positive side effects of this herb, but you need to be cautious. One day, my friend phoned me up and said that she had curved her car. She seemed to think that stress was getting to her after all, and despite St Johns Wort, it was all getting to be too much.

We had a little chat, and during the conversation, it emerged that she had drunk a glass of wine with lunch that day. I immediately realized that this was the problem, as alcohol and St Johns Wort that do not go hand in hand, and this was the reason she had crashed her car. As a matter of fact, the small black out she had experienced before crashing her car, was as a direct result of mixing wine with St Johns Wort. These two are not bosom buddies, and you should never mix the two.

Incidentally, St Johns Wort affects the contraceptive pill, and HRT treatments, and will render both ineffective. It will also contraindicate any conventional treatment for depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

Homeopathy and St Johns Wort (Hypericum)

In homeopathy, St Johns Wort is known as Hypericum which is the Latin name for the plant. The treatment is extracted from its small yellow flowers and is used to heal damaged tissue. Very few homeopaths would consider using St Johns Wort to treat depression, poor memory or sleeping problems.

If you have serious soft tissue injuries after a fall or an accident, you will find that treatment with Hypericum will work very well for you. These kinds of injuries are very difficult to treat and can take a long time to heal. However, Hypericum does a good job and can deal with the slowest healing injuries. If you have stepped on something sharp, or cut yourself, you will find that Hypericum will always do a good job of healing the cut quickly.

It is also a good treatment for Sciatica and other nerve related injuries especially around the tailbone (coccyx). An alternative look at Hypericum seems to confirm that it can heal injuries in areas where microcirculation has been affected. Most commonly it used to treat fingertips, toes, lips and ears.

Hypericum is used mainly as a first aid remedy. The key symptoms a homeopath would look for would be excessive nerve pain, and pains are shooting upwards or downwards. Most homeopaths are very careful with how they use St Johns Wort, and would not recommend it for use in treating depression, poor sleep, and memory. They are only too aware that this is a herb not to be messed with, and that it can have some serious side effects.

Taking 30C potency to treat a soft tissue injury for a short period of time is totally normal, but it is not recommended for use any longer that.

Other uses of St Johns Wort

It is a very versatile herb, and you can use it to keep wrinkles at bay. Any herb which improves microcirculation will also reduce lines or wrinkles. It is also antibacterial, and you could use it as mouthwash. There are a few manufacturers who add it to their range of oral hygiene products and deals with sensitive teeth just as effectively as Sensodyne.

However, just like so many other herbs, you should be careful with its use unless you are a qualified herbalist. Never try to create a tincture, oil or salve yourself. It is okay to drink the tea, but you should not steep the tea for too long, or mix it with alcohol. After all, you want to be able to enjoy the health benefits of St Johns Wort, and not ending up having a car accident after taking the remedy.