Properties of St. John's wort
St. John's wort Hypericum Perforatum L. is a wild botanical of the Hypericaceae family. Widespread in temperate regions, it can be found on the edges of meadows and forests, along paths and up to an altitude of 1500 meters. St. John's wort was already used in antiquity as a remedy for psychosomatic disorders. Its flowers, in the shape of a royal crown, grow towards Saint John, hence its other name of "Saint John's herb", when its content of active ingredients is highest.
St. John's wort has been indicated for centuries for the treatment of wounds and pain. The botanical contains a red juice and its leaves contain tiny vesicles full of essential oils known for their medicinal properties for more than 2000 years, especially for infections or burns.
The pharmacological activities of St. John's wort come from hypericin, hyperforin and its flavonoids. St John's wort is indeed the essential botanical to fight against mood disorders and the treatment of depression. Studies show that St. John's wort extracts are as effective as some antidepressants in mild to moderate depression (1). Other research even suggests its value as an antioxidant and neuroprotective agent, in the treatment of bacterial and viral diseases, certain cancers and inflammatory disorders.
This botanical is very popular today and arouses the interest of consumers, in particular to prevent anxiety, nervous agitation, stress and insomnia. Its effects are widely studied by scientists (2) as well as the role of its many biologically active substances.
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(1) BARNES, Joanne, ANDERSON, Linda A., et PHILLIPSON, J. David. St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum L.): a review of its chemistry, pharmacology and clinical properties. Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology, 2001, vol. 53, no 5, p. 583-600.