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St John’s Wort has been around for centuries, with record going back as far as 400 BC. The Greeks, Romans, and Native Americans would use the plant for reptile bites, cramps, or superficial wounds. The plant was also used for the spiritual world. People believed that the odor alone would drive off evil spirits, and protect against the devil’s temptations. Welsh families found a more interesting use for the plant. A spring herb was given to each family member, then they were hung from the rafters at night depending how shriveled up their sprig was, that would determine each family member lifespan.During the Burning Times, a handful of St. John’s wort was stuffed into witches mouths to force them to confess. While having many uses in the spiritual world, it also has many great uses in the natural medicinal world.
Benefits of St John’s Wort
St John’s Wort contains the active ingredients hypericin and hyperforin, which can be used to help systems of many conditions and illnesses. The most common use is a pill for depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders. German doctors prescribe it as an antidepressant. The herb is also promoted to treat bronchial inflammation, bed wetting, stomach problems, insomnia and malaria. The Native Americans made the use of balm famous to treat burns, wounds, insect bites, and stings. St John’s Wort is widely known as an herbal treatment for depression. Some countries have adopted the use of the herb, and prescribe it for mild depression, mostly in children and adolescents. St John’s wort also has fewer side effects than standard antidepressants. St John’s has also been used to treat somatoform disorder and has also been proven successful in treatment of alcoholism. It has also been used in treatment of wounds, burns, and muscle pain, proving this is one of the Native American best herbal remedies for health.
- Used heavily in the spiritual world
- Effective yet mild enough for use in children
- Used all over the world
History of St John’s Wort
St John’s Wort has been used for more than 2,400 years, and has had many different purposes in its time. The common name comes from its traditional flowering on St. John’s Day, on the 24th of June. Greeks used to fight fevers and spirits. In England the plant was also used to protect houses from ghost and evil spirits, while at the same time banishing witches. People thought they could be protected for a whole year if they would put St John’s Wort under their pillow on St John’s Eve. St John’s’ wort has been used as a folk remedy to help everything from injuries, headaches, and kidney problems to nerve disorders. But a few side effects have been found from the use of St.John’s Wort which include, upset stomach, allergic skin reaction, tiredness, anxiety, dizziness, dry mouth and headache. While many use have been found for this Herbal plant, it is still helpful many other ailments, it is one of the highest used experimental plants around right now. Some would say that it is the best herbal tea meant for all to use.
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