It has been a hot emotional couple weeks for the city, and our 🌿💪🏽🌿#plantoftheweek : is St. John's Wort : a potent healing herb that can be used in the treatment of anxiety, low moods, and 'to strengthen the nerves'. Known to bloom around the time of the Summer Solstice, look out for its small star-like flowers with delicate (but hardy) petals. 🌼⭐️
Perennial herb that grows up to 60 cm in height. It has bright yellow five-petalled flowers with long stamens. The plant can be found growing successfully in both urban and rural ecosystems. You can easily locate St John’s Wort in open, well-lit areas such as parks, roadsides and abandoned corners of the city. Perforatum means ‘perforated’ as St John’s Wort’s elliptic leaves are scattered with translucent glands and sometimes with dark dots.
Minor wounds and burns + Symptomatic relief of mild gastrointestinal problems + The treatment of anxiety, low mood, and 'to strengthen the nerves
A number of studies have reported that preparations based on St John’s Wort have clinical efficacy in the treatment of depression + Hypericum extract has been evaluated with a potential role in smoking cessation + Anti-inflammatory effect + Wound-healing
St. John's Wort is picked near Summer Solstice (21st-22nd June) or St. John's day (24th June)
Preparations of St John’s Wort are used for the treatment of depressive moods and anxieties + An oily preparation of the leaves and stem can be applied on the skin to treat minor burns and inflammation + A preparation of St John’s Wort is used for the symptomatic relief of mild digestive discomfort.
It can interact with other medicaments + Not to be used in chronic depression + Cases are known of its producing abortions, so do not use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding