Celebrating Summer Solstice: St. John’s Wort Benefits & Tea Recipe

by | Jun 15, 2016 | Herbs, Holistic Health, Seasonal Health

Hello my healthy readers,

Continuing on with the Summer Solstice series, it’s time for our natural or holistic health post.

Luckily, I didn’t have to ponder for too long on what to discuss because, around this time of year a very helpful flower is harvested. St. John’s wort (Hypericum Perforatum) is a highly respected herb used for many purposes from religious protection to medicinal tinctures and teas.

 Celebrating Summer Solstice: St. John’s Wort Benefits & Tea Recipe

What is St. John’s wort?

SJW is native to Europe but is now grown in Asia as well as North America. This perennial produces yellow star shaped flowers and long stamens. As mentioned above, this herb is generally harvested around the Summer Solstice and throughout the season.

Medicinally used for it’s active ingredients;

  • hypericin
  • hyperforin
  • flavanols
  • & xanthines

This Hypericum extract is most popularly used as an antidepressant.

Celebrating Summer Solstice: St. John’s Wort Benefits & Tea Recipe


What is St. John’s wort used for?

St. John’s wort can be used internally and externally for many ailments such as:

  • Depression – Many studies have shown that the hypericin in St. John’s wort helps to combat mild to moderate depression. Makes for a great alternative to Prozac****
  • Anxiety – This herb is a great tonic and overall health booster for your entire nervous system when used as a tincture.
  • Burns, Blisters and Other Skin Wounds – Used in ancient times for sword wounds, this beautiful herb when applied topically as an infused oil (not to be confused with an essential oil) is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and wound-healing.

Others include:

  • Bladder Infections
  • Bruises
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrom
  • Colds & Flu
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Impaired Concentration
  • Insomnia & Other Sleep Disturbances
  • Menopause & Menstrual Problems
  • Nerve Pain
  • OCD
  • Smoking Addiction
  • Stress
  • & More

 

****Please take caution: It has been known that on rare occasions some may experience gastrointestinal irritation, allergic reactions, cotton mouth, fatigue or increased skin reactions to sun exposure such as sunburns. Be sure not to substitute St. John’s wort for your antidepressant prescriptions without consulting your health practitioner. Be sure to list all your current medications prior to taking St. John’s wort to ensure no side effects will take place. Also consult your health practitioner if you are pregnant and or nursing before using SJW. As another note, be sure to always buy organic when buying herbs as well as check the active ingredients.

St. John’s wort Tea
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup hot water
  2. 1-2 teaspoons of dried flowering St. John’s wort tops
  3. 1 teaspoon of honey
Instructions
  1. Steep dried flowers in hot water for 10 minutes (Fun Fact: The water will turn red)
  2. Once cooled to a drinkable temperature, stir in honey
  3. Drink & enjoy!
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