Now-a-days, people are becoming less dependent on doctors & traditional medicine. It seems like herbs (not the “herbs” that you puff puff pass, hahaha) are making a major come back because of the natural healing effects it has on the body even though they have been around for centuries. Herbs are even becoming more accessible because they come in capsule form, which brings me to the topic of this post: St. John’s Wart. 

  
St. John’s Wart is also known as hypericum perforatum & is considered a “holy herb”. That’s because during the Middle Ages people believed that the herb helped to protect people from curses, demons, & lightening. Many studies have shown that it can be used to treat mild cases of depression. It can also be used to treat OCD, mood swings, & PMS. New studies say that this herb can be used to treat/cure HIV/AIDS, herpes, & certain kinds of cancer because of it’s ability to strengthen your immune system. It also interferes with the release of viral cells. St John’s Wart with the help of a healthy diet, exercise, & positive thinking you’ll be able to bounce back (from whatever ailment your trying to bounce back from) in no time. My experience with St. John’s Wart was a good one even though I just ran out & haven’t gotten more. I noticed my moods were more balanced & that I had an overall sense of well being. I also noticed that my cramps were less intense during that time of the month! But as you know everything comes with side effects & everyone has different responses to different things. That’s why this post is a bit short & not as detailed. I want you to do your research & try it for yourself (especially if you want to use St. John’s Wart oil topically or use the herb for tea). If you’re gonna take the capsules, follow the directions on the bottle. Also if you’re pregnant it’s best that you consult your doctor before experimenting with this. 

Here’s some other things St. John’s wart can be used to treat:

  • Burns (topically)
  • Bruises (topically)
  • Bed wetting
  • Malaria 
  • Lung problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Tuberculosis
  • Uterine cramping
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Asthma
  • Hangovers
  • Alcoholism

(Source: http://www.mountainherb.com)

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