St. John’s Wort was a folk remedy for treating insanity in the Middle Ages.

Traditionally St. John’s Wort was thought to heal wounds and treat “down heartedness”, but in the 19th century the herb fell into disuse.

Recent research brought it back into prominence as a valuable remedy for nervous exhaustion and depression.

In medieval Europe, St. Johns Wort was thought to protect against ill health and evil influences. 

St. John’s Wort may help the following ailments:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • tension
  • back pain
  • cold sores
  • shingles
  • depression and decreased vitality due to menopause

The flowering top of the herb is used to make infused oils, tincture, and creams. St. John’s Wort thrives all over the word and prefers a sunny site and well drained, chalky soil. 

The infused oil stimulates tissue repair when applied to a wound. It may also relieve pain. 

St. John’s Wort key actions are:

  • antidepressant
  • antiviral
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • wound healer