St John’s Wort
Composition of St John’s Wort
St. John’s wort contains quercetin, flavones and xanthoids.
The chemical composition of St. John’s wort has been well-studied. Documented pharmacological activities, including antidepressant, antiviral, and antibacterial effects, provide supporting evidence for several of the traditional uses for St John’s wort.
Health Benefits of St John’s Wort
St. John’s wort is most commonly used for depression as well as as nervousness, tiredness, poor appetite, and trouble sleeping. There is some strong scientific evidence that it is effective for mild to moderate depression.
St. John’s wort is also used for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and mood changes.
History of St John’s Wort
The word ‘wort’ is the Old English name for plant.
It gets its name from the fact that it often blooms on the birthday of the biblical John the Baptist.
It was used for magic potions during the Middle Ages.
St. John’s wort, described in the works of Pliny and Dioscurides, was already used in classical antiquity as a medication for somatic and emotional suffering.