What is perforate St. John’s-wort?
Perforate St John’s-wort (latin Hypericum perforatum) is a multiyear flowering plant from the Hypericaceae family. It has branched out root, tall, erect stems and yellow flowers which fruit is a bearded collet. It grows to a height of 1 m (3 feet). This plant blossoms in the period from May to September, while the best period for harvesting is around June 24th.
Perforate St John’s-wort can be used both internally and externally as mild antidepressant, sedative and an antibiotic. One of the active substances of this herb is the hyperforin, which has a tranquilizing effect and because of this, it can be used to treat mild types of depression and to improve a bad mood. If consumed regularly, St. John’s wort can enhance your concentration and your mood. That’s why is good for people with busy, stressful way of living and that are constantly under a lot of pressure.
The tea from the yellow wort is used for decreasing or improving stomach aches, acid reflux, nausea, colic, and diarrhea. It is also recommended for people with heart problems, especially for people with high blood pressure. If consumed regularly, it can enhance the condition of the heart muscle. When having cold or flu symptoms, timely consumption of this tea can help treating a sore throat.
St. John’s Wort Tea
The tea can be prepared in the following way. One tablespoon of her (dry flowers) is poured into one cup of hot, boiling water and leaving it to steep around 20 minutes and until cool enough to drink. It is not recommended to drink the tea if the herb has been steeped in the water for more than 30 min. Most of the herbs, if left to steep in water for more than the recommended time, can release harmful substances. That’s why you should follow all directions for preparation.
St John’s Wort Oil
The oil from this herb has a widespread use. You can prepare the oil in the following way: Take a clean glass jar and put the harvested blossoms or flowering tops of perforate St John’s-wort and pour the olive oil covering the herbs about an inch. Place the lid on the jar and close it tightly. Put the jar in a protected area in the sun, or a sunny windowsill for about 4 weeks. You should open the lid every day to wipe out any condensation that forms. Repeat this until the oil turn blood red from the constituents in the herb. After a month, strain the oil from the herb and place in a dark bottle. It is best to keep in a dark and dry place.
This oil is one of the best-known oils in the world. It is great for the skin. It is useful for treating dry, sensitive and cracked skin. You can use it for a massage because relaxes the muscles and improves the circulation. The oil should not be used as a sun protection oil because it is photo-sensitive and can cause skin changes. It can be used to treat sunburns, insect bites, bruises, healing wounds and treating hemorrhoids. You can apply on your skin as an anti-acne solution or simply to maintain your skin.
Before consuming the tea or applying the oil from perforated St John’s-wort, it is best to consult with your doctor or pharmacist, especially when taking other medications.
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