Saint Johns Wort
Another legend says that the black and red spots on its petals signify the blood shed by John the Baptist when he was beheaded. The translucent spots on its leaves signify the tears shed by the people for John the Baptist.
The third legend speaks of Saint John having ingested the plant Hypericum perforatum together with its honey coated insects. Whatever be the legend there is no doubt that this useful plant has been named after Saint John the Baptist.
It is also called Goat Weed, Klamath Weed, Tipton Weed, Millepertuis, Chasse- Diable, Herb de Saint Jean, Piqures, Herbes aux Brulures, Troucherons, Barbe and Mille Trous. Its Latin name is Hypericum perforatum. It is a perennial plant and is considered a weed. It is a native of Europe and grows in meadows and pastures. It is found growing in Europe, North America, India, Russia, China and Asia Minor. It is found growing in the wild. It has been classified as a weed as it can replace natural ecosystems or even make productive land unproductive. When animals graze on the plant in large amounts it is poisonous.
Although the herb is made up of many chemical compound hypericin and hyperforin are the compounds believed to give it its beneficial effect. According to a study tannins and some flavanoids may also be involved.
Through the centuries Saint Johns Wort was used as a medicinal herb. Today it is still considered as an important and safe natural anti depressant to treat mild forms of depression.
St Johns Wort is available as a standardized extracts in most countries and is sold as an over the counter drug that does not require prescription. Usually it is available in a tablet or capsule form. It is also sold as teabags and tinctures.
Latest Publications and Research on Saint Johns WortSt. John's wort reversal of meningeal nociception: A natural therapeutic perspective for migraine pain. - Published by PubMed
Preclinical Data Supporting/Refuting the Use of Hypericum Perforatum in the Treatment of Depression. - Published by PubMed
Larvicidal activity of lipophilic extract of Hypericum carinatum (Clusiaceae) against Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) and benzophenones determination. - Published by PubMed
Antimicrobial activity of southern African medicinal plants with dermatological relevance: From an ethnopharmcological screening approach, to combination studies and the isolation of a bioactive compound. - Published by PubMed
St. John's Wort for the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders. - Published by PubMed