St. John's wort has been highly valued since antiquity for its healing powers (believed to be derived from St. John the Baptist).
It is a wonderful remedy for the nervous system, relaxing tension and anxiety, and lifting the spirits - it is considered specific for emotional problems during the menopause.
Its tranquilizing effect has been attributed to hypericin, which reduces blood pressure, capillary fragility and benefits the uterus. St John's wort can be used for painful, heavy and irregular periods as well as PMS. It has a diuretic action, reducing fluid retention and hastening elimination of toxins in the urine. It has been used to good effect for bed wetting in children. It is also useful for gout and arthritis.
St. John's wort also has an expectorant action, clearing phlegm from the chest and speeding recovery from coughs and chest infections. It has an antibacterial and antiviral action, active against TB and influenza A, and is being researched for its beneficial effect in the treatment of HIV and AIDS as well as cancer.
It's astringent and anti microbial action is effective in the digestive tract where it can treat gastroenteritis, diarrhea and dysentery. It is also said to help peptic ulcers and gastritis.
Used both internally and externally St. John's wort is a wonderful remedy for nerve pain and any kind of trauma to the nervous system. It can be used for neuralgia and sciatica, fibrositis, back pain, headaches, shingles and rheumatic pain. The herbal oil soothes and heals burns, cuts, wounds, sores, ulcers and calms inflammation.