St John's wort herb extract, benefits, health, effects, plant, supplements, side effects St John's wort

What St John's wort herb Is:

Perky, star-shaped, yellow flowers burst forth from this plant around June 24, St. John's Day in the Christian calendar. If you pinch the leaves or the petals, out oozes a reddish purple stain—the "blood" of St. John. St. John's wort originated in Europe but now grows wild in Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, and South America. You'll find it throughout the United States, perhaps under the name Klamath weed on the West Coast. In California, it's classified as a wild weed that some people think should be eradicated. The USDA has even erected a monument to itself for checking the rampant growth of what arguably is one of the finest depression-fighting medicines humanity has ever seen (or synthesized).

St John's wort has a long history of use and has several actions including antidepressant, antiviral and antibacterial effects.

St John's wort extract, benefits, healthSt John's wort benefits

St John's wort is becoming increasingly popular as a treatment for mild to moderate depression, including menopausal depression. It can also be used to treat viral infections.

Cautions

High doses may cause photosensitivity and gastrointestinal upset.

 
 
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