For centuries, Europeans have turned to the botanical known as St. John's Wort when in need of an herbal tonic. The plant blooms right around the time of St. John's Day (June 24), which is where St. John's Wort gets its name. Although St. John's Wort is native to Europe, it can also be found growing wildly in Canada and the U.S. (especially in California and Southern Oregon) in the dry ground of meadows and woods.
Benefits and Uses:
Used for centuries in Europe as an herbal tonic
Boosts a positive mood**
Encourages a healthy emotional balance**
Soothes away tension, to help you relax**
In recent years, St. John's Wort - and its use as a positive mood booster -has grown in popularity as a dietary supplement.** The plant's flavonoids, hyperforin and hypericin, have been studied for their ability to promote mental well-being and a peaceful mood.** St. John's Wort is perfect for anyone experiencing occasional anxiety and everyday stress.**
Among the many benefits of St. John's Wort is that it helps those who supplement with it achieve emotional balance.** St. John's Wort's has received widespread praise for being able to gently soothe away the tension, promoting a feeling of well-being and contentment.** And who wouldn't be in the mood for a little of that?
St. John's wort is an herb that has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes, including to treat depression. The composition of St. John's wort and how it might work are not well understood. There is some scientific evidence that St. John's wort is useful for treating mild to moderate depression. However, recent studies suggest that St. John's wort is of no benefit in treating major depression of moderate severity. More research is required to help us know whether St. John's wort has value in treating other forms of depression. St. John's wort interacts with certain drugs, and these interactions can be dangerous. Herbal products vary greatly as to their chemical composition and quality.