St John’s wort

  • This herb has been named by ancient Greeks (as “spathohorto”, meaning “sword” and “herb”) because it heals sword wounds…! 

  • Since the era of Hippocrates a mixture of olive oil and St. John’s wort has been used to treat skin diseases and in general skin injuries.

  • Properties: Analgesic, Anti-fever, Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant, Stimulant, Reliving for painful menstruation, Healing, Toning for treating the nervous system.
     

  • St john’s wort has been used as therapeutic since the Antiquity, as Galinos and Dioskourides refer to it for its diuretic, healing, relieving for menstruation pain, haemostatic properties.

    During the Middle Ages, the plant was attributed magical properties, especially when it was harvested on June 24, the day St. John the Baptist is celebrated. It remains unknown how and why this plant-herb was named “St John’s wort”.

  • In the USA, after a  broadcasted by ABC News in June 1997, Hypericum (homeopathic remedy originating from St. John’s wort) became the most popular plant, taken instead of Prozac (Ladose) to help treat mild-to-moderate depression. It is also used as anticonvulsant and as a remedy to improve sleep in cases of insomnia. Just in 1994 in Germany, prescriptions were given to 20 million patients! Today, in Montana, USA, more than 500000 acres are cultivated.

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