St. John's wort is a perennial herb with bright yellow flowers, reaching a height of one meter. In the world there are about 200 species of this herb, 50 of them grow in Russia. In Western Siberia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, the most common is St. John's wort, or holed. You can meet this plant in the forest or in the field. As the weed grows St. John's wort along the sides of the roads, in wastelands, glades. In such places, collecting grass for future use is not recommended.
There are several versions of where the name "St. John's wort" originated. According to one of them, it came from the Kazakh language. In translation, jarabaj means "wound healer." According to another version, the name of the grass speaks for itself. St. John's wort can cause severe burns on the skin of livestock with white wool. This is explained by the content in the grass of a special pigment, which several times increases the sensitivity of albinos to the sun's rays. Only for such animals St. John's wort is dangerous.
The benefits and beneficial properties of Hypericum are widely used in the manufacture of medicines. In addition, traditional alternative medicine cannot do without it.
The flowers and leaves of Hypericum contain a large amount of vitamins and minerals. The chemical composition determines the healing properties of the plant for use as a medicine. Vitamins E, C, PP, essential oils, tannins, carotene, choline and other micro and macronutrients provide effective prevention and treatment of many diseases.
Useful properties of Hypericum. Its harm to the body
With proper preparation and in the right dosage, the flowers and leaves of the plant have a healing effect on the body. In unconventional and conventional medicine, infusions, decoctions and hypericum tea are prepared, the benefits and harms of which have been known for a very long time. St. John's wort is used as an antimicrobial, antiinflammatory, hemostatic, wound healing, antidepressant, diuretic and choleretic agent. It has a grass and fortifying effect on the body, thereby increasing its resistance to various diseases.
The benefits and harms of St. John's wort grass are as follows:
- Successful treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (colitis, gastritis).
- Removal of nervous excitement - acts on the nervous system as a sedative.
- Effective prevention of cardiovascular diseases (strengthens the heart muscle).
- Treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers.
- Normalization of the bowels (prevention of constipation, treatment of diarrhea).
- Treatment of diseases of the urogenital system in women and men.
- Regulates the menstrual cycle, stops uterine bleeding.
- It is used for bronchitis and asthma.
- Treats bedwetting in adults and children.
Useful qualities of Hypericum can continue to list indefinitely, because it has long been considered a means from a hundred diseases. However, the grass is not as harmless as it may seem at first glance.
The indiscriminate use of folk remedies based on Hypericum can cause significant harm to the body.
First, St. John's wort, the harm and benefits of which depend on certain factors, constricts blood vessels, thereby increasing blood pressure.
Secondly, it is important to prevent overdose of folk remedies and preparations on the basis of Hypericum. It can cause abdominal cramps, headaches, nausea and vomiting, and an increase in blood testosterone levels in women.
Thirdly, with long-term treatment, a mild toxic effect on the body may appear. It can not be used simultaneously with other medicines, because the plant reduces their drug effect.
Fourthly, it is strictly forbidden to combine medicines and decoctions on the basis of St. John's wort with alcoholic beverages.
Hypericum in any form can not be taken:
- pregnant and lactating women
- with increasing body temperature
- people with high sensitivity to solar radiation,
- with individual intolerance.
All funds prepared with the use of Hypericum should be taken only after consultation and on prescription.
Hypericum Tea: Benefit and Harm
Hypericum can make a healing drink with a pleasant tart taste. Tea with St. John's wort, the benefits and harms of which have long been known, will help get rid of many ailments.
- Stop diarrhea. It is enough to take a tablespoon of dried Hypericum and yarrow and brew in a glass of boiling water. Strong tea is recommended to drink in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Stop bed-wetting in children. To do this, it is enough some time before bedtime to drink a glass of hypericum tea.
- Soothe the nervous system will help tea from Hypericum and mint.
- You can strengthen the immune system if you drink a weak tea from St. John's wort and rosehip every day.
How to make tea from Hypericum
To make a really healthy drink, you need to learn how to make tea properly. To do this, you need a porcelain kettle, which must be doused with boiling water before adding grass.
Dry tea is poured into the kettle at the rate of one teaspoon per glass of water. Then boiling water is poured and Hypericum tea is used, the benefits and harms of which make it possible to use it as a tonic and protective medicine are ready. Before pouring it into cups, it must brew for at least 15 minutes.
Mixing St. John's wort with other herbs, leaves and berries, you can enrich the taste and healing composition of tea. For example, if you add oregano and rosehips and let the raw material stand in boiling water for at least half an hour, as a result, you can get a tasty tonic.
Refreshing Hypericum tea, whose benefits and harms have long been tested, can be prepared by adding black currant leaves, raspberries or cherries to the dry mixture. Such a drink will be not only useful, but also especially fragrant.
How to prepare the Hypericum for the winter
St. John's wort is harvested, as a rule, in July - on the holiday of Ivan Kupala (7th). At this time, and just have to bloom. For blanks use not only the flowers of the plant, but also the upper part of the stem. They are dried in the open air in a place protected from sunlight or in a well-ventilated room (for example, in the attic). A special dryer for vegetables and fruits is also suitable for this. The temperature at the same time should be set at 35-40 degrees.
St. John's wort, the harm and benefits of which have long been evaluated in both modern and alternative medicine, can be stored in bags of natural fabric, in cardboard boxes or paper bags for no more than two years.
The benefits of the herb St. John's wort for the body
Botany identifies several species of St. John's wort, but only one is used in phytomedicine, the most common is St. John's wort. Herb has gained its popularity among herbalists and pharmacists due to its properties:
- wound healing
It is advisable to use Hypericum as a medicine in such cases as:
- Inflammation of the gums, stomatitis, inflammation of the mouth.
- Depression, neurosis, chronic fatigue.
- Colds, viral infections, and flu, sore throat and bronchitis.
- Vaginitis and colpitis in women.
- Prevention of cardiovascular pathologies.
- Treatment of ulcers, gastritis, heartburn, flatulence and low acidity of the stomach.
- Treatment of hepatitis, cholecystitis and dyskinesia.
- Burns, cuts, abrasions, boils, acne and dermatitis.
- Worm invasions of the body.
- Enuresis, cystitis, pyelonephritis and other pathologies of the urinary system.
- Various disorders of the urogenital, circulatory, nervous, digestive systems.
Since the healing properties of Hypericum and its benefits are very great, medicines made from it can bring not only benefit, but also harm. For this reason, infusions and lotions from the plant should be used with caution, observing the technology and the proportion of cooking and resorting only to proven recipes.
The herb is used as a component of ointments and drinks (decoctions and infusions). Made of Hypericum:
- Infusion. The tool is used for the treatment of gastric diseases - gastritis, colitis, with migraines, to enhance blood flow and stabilize pressure. Infused medicine from 100 ml of boiling water and 15 g of chopped fresh grass. Take this tool is recommended before meals three times a day for a tablespoon. Infusion is useful for rinsing the mouth and as a compress for skin lesions of various origins.
- Decoction. Preparing for the same technology, but in the process of manufacturing it must be kept on the steam bath for about half an hour. It is good to use means for washing, rinsing of hair. It is also used as a skin lotion prone to acne.
- Tincture. From the infusion or decoction differs by the presence of alcohol. The drug is made in the proportion of plants and alcohol 1:10. Before you use the tincture, it should be diluted with a liquid: one tsp. medication for 50 ml of pure water. Hypericum, infused with alcohol, suitable for lotions and compresses, you can use the tincture for inhalation.
- Ointment. It can be prepared by mixing the dried and crushed plant with vaseline aphid baby cream - to choose from. The medicine is ideal for healing skin lesions.
- Herbal tea. Popular as a tonic and prophylactic agent due to its ability to effectively strengthen the immune system.
St. John's wort: contraindications and undesirable effects
The benefits of Hypericum for the human body is enormous, but, like all medicinal herbs, it has contraindications, no matter how it is taken - in tea, decoction, tincture:
- Transplantation operations.
- Simultaneous intake of oral contraceptives.
Consumption with medical antidepressants at the same time is undesirable, especially for people suffering from mental disorders.
The side effect of Hypericum can be increased skin sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation. For this reason, you should not sunbathe during treatment with hunter. In addition, the plant is classified as slightly toxic, so it can not be used for a long time.
How is St. John's wort useful?
In traditional medicine, this plant, along with chamomile, is very popular. It is known for more than 3000 years and has long been used in Tibet and in ancient Greece. Traditional medicine in many countries of the world worships St. John's wort as the main medicine for 100 diseases.
Such widespread use of Hypericum due to the complex chemical composition of the plant.
The terrestrial part of the plant contains hypericin and pseudohypericin - dyes, flavone glycosides - hyperoside, quercitrin, rutin, greenish essential oil, which includes terpenes, sesquiterpenes, carotene, isovalerianic esters, tannins, choline and cetyl alcohol. St. John's wort contains resinous substances and traces of nicotinic acid, as well as ascorbic acid. The chemical composition of the plant includes macronutrients (mg / g): iron - 0.11, potassium - 16.8, calcium - 7.3 and magnesium - 2.2, as well as trace elements (µg / g): copper - 0.34 , zinc - 0.71, manganese - 0.25, cobalt - 0.21, chromium - 0.01, molybdenum - 5.6, aluminum - 0.02, nickel - 0.18, lead - 0.08, boron - 40.4, selenium - 5.0, strontium - 0.1 and cadmium - 7.2.
St. John's wort is one of the few medicinal plants that concentrate cadmium, which is harmful to the human body. Probably, technogenic pollution is the cause of the increased concentration of cadmium in plants, therefore, it is necessary to collect medicinal raw materials for Hypericum far from highways and industrial enterprises.
Molybdenum, which also accumulates in St. John's wort, has a beneficial effect by delaying fluoride and inhibiting the development of caries.
Due to the presence in the plant of such a variety of chemical elements, St. John's wort has a therapeutic effect in various diseases.
St. John's wort is a remedy for cholelithiasis, chronic kidney and liver diseases, as well as some gynecological diseases. In addition, it has an analgesic, diuretic and anthelmintic effect. Hypericum infusion is also used for heart diseases, rheumatism, migraines, cold and flu, chronic gastritis and colitis, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer with high acidity, bladder inflammation, hemorrhoids. And the so-called Hypericum oil is an effective remedy for periodontal disease, stomatitis, gingivitis, pharyngitis and many other diseases.
Hypericum flowers accumulate manganese and contain saponins, bioflavonoids, tannins, essential oil, carotenoids. Relatively recently discovered the ability of Hypericum to affect serotonin levels in the central nervous system and act as an antidepressant due to the presence of hypericin.
In the aerial parts of Hypericum contain tanning and coloring matter (especially a significant amount of hypericin), flavonoids, essential oil, carotene, ascorbic acid, choline and alkaloids. In folk and official medicine, preparations containing the herb of St. John's wort are prescribed as agents with anti-inflammatory, regenerating, astringent, and antibacterial effects. They are indicated for diseases of the throat and mouth, organs of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, with their help, they successfully treat skin diseases: furunculosis, abscesses, ulcers.
An antibacterial drug, novoimanin, was obtained from the herb of Hypericum. In the form of a 1% alcohol solution, it is used externally in the treatment of infected wounds, boils, trophic ulcers and burns. Novoimanin solutions are an integral part of aerosol inhalations for the prevention and treatment of bronchitis, tonsillitis, tonsillitis, and acute respiratory diseases. The herb of Hypericum in homeopathy is widely used.
St. John's wort has a spasmolytic effect in diseases of the stomach, intestines, biliary tract, has pronounced astringent, antimicrobial, hemostatic, anti-inflammatory properties, well stimulates regenerative processes. Thanks to hypericin, it has a photosensitizing effect - it increases the sensitivity of the skin to the effects of ultraviolet rays.
However, be careful: the herb of St. John's wort can cause discomfort in the liver and a feeling of bitterness in the mouth, constipation, reduce appetite, increase blood pressure.
In cooking, dried and fresh herb St. John's wort is used as a seasoning for meat and fish dishes. In addition, it is included in the composition of spice mixtures. Powder from the dry leaves of the plant is added to alcoholic beverages.
Hypericum can not be taken if you regularly drink antidepressants. It can not be used in severe form of depression.
Grass can cause photosensitivity, that is, increased sensitivity to sunlight. Therefore, during treatment it is impossible to stay for a long time in the sun and even more so in the solarium.
In some patients with bipolar depression, St. John's wort can cause manic states.
Allergy sufferers should first consult with a specialist, as one of the side effects are various allergic reactions.
Gently used in patients with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract,
It is impossible to apply to patients with insufficiency of the liver and kidneys, as they will not be able to excrete hypericin from the body.
Cannot be used in patients with estrogen-dependent tumors.
It is impossible to combine treatment with St. John's wort with taking such drugs as warfarin, theophylline, heparin, drugs for the treatment of migraine, anti-epileptic drugs.
In addition, it should be remembered that herbal medicine requires adherence to these rules:
Collection and storage:
Medicinal are the stems, flowers and leaves. To gather St. John's wort should be in June-July at the beginning of flowering, cutting off the shoots 20–35 cm long.
Raw materials should be tied in loose bundles and dried under a canopy, spreading a layer of 5-7 cm on a cloth or thick paper. When drying in an oven, the temperature should not exceed 40 ° C. Raw materials can be stored in a dry place for 3 years.
What is St. John's wort for men?
The herb St. John's wort has long been used as the strongest aphrodisiac. Ancient legends assert that this plant causes in men just bestial, primitive passion in intimate terms. St. John's wort is certainly present in many ancient love drinks, which served as a weighty reason to study it. Numerous studies have shown that this plant really has a strong influence on the male genital area, causing sexual desire, emancipation and desire.
Особенно полезна эта трава для мужчин, имеющих нарушения потенции на фоне усталости, психологических расстройств и стрессовых состояний. Зверобой успешно применяется в лечении простатита и импотенции. Он усиливает кровообращение, благодаря чему возникает стойкая эрекция.
Чем полезен зверобой для женщин?
Уникальные свойства этого растения веками используются в народной медицине для лечения заболеваний в гинекологии. Decoction Hypericum relieves pain with PMS, improves health during menopause.
Regulates hormones in women - reduces the content of prolactin in the blood and slightly increases the level of androgens (male hormones).
This correction can be extremely important in the imbalance of the menstrual cycle and diseases of the tissues of the internal genital organs. However, due to its strong impact on the female body, St. John's wort cannot be taken by pregnant and lactating mothers, since prolactin is extremely important for their body.
What treats Hypericum?
In folk and official medicine, preparations containing the herb of St. John's wort are prescribed as agents with anti-inflammatory, regenerating, astringent, and antibacterial effects. They are indicated for diseases of the throat and mouth, organs of the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, with their help, they successfully treat skin diseases: furunculosis, abscesses, ulcers.
How to treat hunter gastritis?
When gastritis is accompanied by increased acidity, it is recommended to prepare the following mixture of dried herbs: 30 teaspoons of Hypericum, 15 teaspoons of peppermint, 2 teaspoons of watch leaves, 15 teaspoons of yarrow flowers, 15 teaspoons of dill seeds.
Take 2 tablespoons of the mixture, pour 2 cups boiling water and infuse in a hot oven for 2 hours. Then strain and take 0.25 cup sip 4-6 times a day.
When gastritis with low acidity should be prepared from a mixture of dry herbs: 2 tablespoons of Hypericum, yarrow, centaury, gentian roots, 3 tablespoons of chicory herb, 4 tablespoons of smoke grass.
Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture, pour 1 l of hot water and leave for 12 hours. Then bring to a boil, boil for 5 minutes and again insist 30 minutes. Strain the broth and take 1/2 cup 4 times a day.
How to treat hepatitis St. John's wort?
1 tablespoon of powdered dried herb of Hypericum pour 1 cup boiling water and leave for 1 hour. Take 1/3 cup 3 times a day 30 minutes before a meal or 1 hour after a meal.
1 tablespoon of dried herb Hypericum, 1 1/2 tablespoons of tsmina sandy flowers and 1 tablespoon of chopped buckthorn bark, pour 1 liter of boiling water and leave for 30 minutes. Take 1 glass 5 times a day.
What is St. John's wort grass
Common St. John's wort belongs to the family of Animal Wrestling. This is a herbaceous plant with the botanical name Hypericum and the popular blood of a hare, red grass, disease. Long since St. John's wort was popularly known in folk medicine and was used as a medicine for various diseases. Its medicinal properties are broad, it has antibacterial, healing and anti-inflammatory effects.
St. John's wort is a grass reaching a height of up to 80 cm. It has a thin branching rhizome and many adventitious roots. Stems erect, branched bare, thin dihedral. The leaves are small oval or oblong, entire. Located opposite each other, sitting deep on the stalk. On the leaves you can see black dots. The flowers are golden-yellow with black dots, gathered in thick shells. The fruit is a three-sided box with three leaves and small seeds inside.
The grass blooms in summer, from June to August. You can find it in the meadows, forest edges, in sparse forests of deciduous and pine trees, on the slopes of sand. Occurs in clearings, fallow lands, grows in the southern half of the Northern Hemisphere, in forest and forest-steppe zones. For the European part of Russia, St. John's wort is four-sided and holed. Both perennial plants are considered healing. Harvest raw materials after full bloom. Cut the stems near the ground, bundled and dried in the air in the shade. Only the terrestrial part of the herb has healing properties.
Medicinal properties of Hypericum
Due to such an active rich composition of the herb has healing properties. From her make broths, tinctures and extracts, which have the following effects on the body:
- water infusions treat heart diseases, rheumatism, cold, flu, headaches,
- decoction of Hypericum helps with diseases of the liver, stomach, bladder, urinary incontinence, hemorrhoids, gynecological problems,
- infusions and decoctions can be used internally for inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, gargle them for stomatitis and gingivitis,
- ointments and oils eliminate burns, boils, boils, ulcers, erosion, mastitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes.
In classical and traditional medicine, St. John's wort grass is used with its healing properties in the treatment of the following diseases:
- With a cold - eliminates pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchitis, sore throat. You can drink or gargle, make lotions on the chest.
- Hypericum in gynecology - regulates hormones in men and women, normalizes the female cycle, treats inflammation of the sexual sphere. It is useful for men because it strengthens the potency.
- For women in age - prevents early onset of menopause, compensates for the lack of female sex hormones, eliminates hot flashes.
- When pains in the intestines - treats diarrhea due to astringent and disinfecting action.
- For the stomach - helps with bloating, colic, suppresses putrefactive processes in the intestines, ferments in the stomach. When gallstone disease removes stones. Eliminates gastritis, hepatitis, cholecystitis and pancreatitis, helps with ulcers.
- As a sedative - the herb is a powerful natural antioxidant, enhances the production of serotonin, suppresses depression.
- Strengthening the immune system - eliminates viruses and bacteria, enhances the natural defenses of the body.
- Skin diseases - helps to accelerate the healing of wounds, ulcers, burns. Whitens the skin, eliminates age spots.
In folk medicine
Traditional medicine healers and herbalists warn that using herbs to cure diseases is possible only with a confirmed diagnosis. Before therapy, consult your doctor to consider possible contraindications and complications. Difficult neglected diseases cannot be corrected only by treatment with grass; classic medicines will also have to be used. Traditional medicine suggests using the plant in the following cases:
- St. John's wort with a cold
- gastritis, heartburn, heart palpitations,
- gallstone disease, inflammation of the gallbladder,
- viral hepatitis,
- arthritis, joint pain,
- skin infections, burns,
- mental illness
- sinusitis, alcohol,
- helminthic invasions.
In official medicine
In the official medical practice using dry raw materials and drugs based on it. Apply a plant with healing properties in the following cases:
- bleeding gums, sore throat, stomatitis,
- hypotension of the gallbladder, hepatitis, cholecystitis, abdominal distension,
- reduced acidity of the stomach,
- neurasthenia and insomnia, increased anxiety,
- purulent skin diseases - abscesses, phlegmon, infected wounds, burns,
- violation of intestinal motility, flatulence, diarrhea,
- elimination of manifestations of depression.
St. John's wort is actively used in cosmetology, because it has anti-inflammatory, tonic, anti-aging and anti-seboric effects. An herb with healing properties is used in the following cases:
- acne - daily evening wash infusion,
- increased skin fatness - rubbing the skin with a strong herb decoction, a mask of steamed leaves,
- wilting, wrinkles - ice rubbing and lotion with vodka from broth,
- pustular skin diseases - lotions from grass decoction,
- baldness, dandruff - taking infusion inside,
- cracked heels - treatment recipes: foot baths.
In Russia, the plant was called a cure for 99 ailments. You can make tea from it, drink it for ailments, the infusion of herbs helps with colds, pains in the heart, has a tonic effect. Medicinal properties are infusions, decoctions, alcohol extracts and extracts. Hypericum ointment is also useful - it is made from juice evaporated by half, mixed with butter in a ratio of 1: 4. The resulting product lubricates the skin with burns.
Decoction of plants
To prepare the broth, it is recommended to take the melt water without any extra impurities. Take 1.5 tablespoons of herbs, pour a glass of hot water. Transfer to an enamel or glass dish, warm in a water bath. Do not boil, but only hold for 20-30 minutes, cool. The resulting decoction is used externally for washing and rubbing the skin, rinsing the hair. Inside it can be used for intestinal infections, diarrhea, rheumatism, gastroenteritis, hemorrhoids. Dosage - one third of a glass 3 r / day for half an hour before meals.
A mixture of plants with other herbs, if not contraindicated, is used in the treatment of failures in the digestive tract. Equal proportions with flowers of cumin sandy, wheatgrass roots and buckthorn bark pour 0.5 liters of hot water, boil for 10 minutes over low heat and filter. Taking 100 ml of 5 p / day, you can get rid of liver disease and gallbladder.
To make the infusion, take two tablespoons of freshly chopped herbs or a dry table, pour 200 ml of boiling water. Insist 3-4 hours in the dark. Taking 15 ml of 3 p / day before meals will help to normalize the acidity of gastric juice, eliminate colitis, cystitis, gastritis. Infusion improves venous blood circulation, increases blood pressure. It can be used for gargling, douching for diseases of the cervix and vagina.
Alcohol tincture of plant juice
To make a tincture, take vodka or alcohol with grass in the ratio of 1:10, leave in a dark place for three days. Use orally, mixing with water - a teaspoon to a quarter cup of liquid. It is possible to rinse your mouth with medicine, carry out inhalations for colds. If you suffer from muscle or joint pain, use the tincture as a warming compress.
For the treatment of long-healing wounds, cracks, ulcers, pressure sores and peptic ulcer stomach oil is used. To make it, take 20-25 g of fresh crushed leaves and flowers, pour 200-250 ml of olive, linseed or sunflower oil. Insist up to three weeks in the heat, stirring constantly. Strain through cheesecloth. Lubricate the received means the skin, take orally from the ulcer in a tablespoon on an empty stomach or 3-4 hours after meals. The course of treatment is 1-2 months.
Tonic useful drink is tea tea, which is good to drink in winter. It does not have side effects and has few contraindications. The properties of tea - relaxation of the nervous system, restoration of weakened immunity, elimination of digestive disorders, normalization of sleep. To prepare, take 10 g of dried leaves and a glass of boiling water, leave in a porcelain teapot for several minutes. Take a drink fresh. The course of treatment - a few weeks with breaks. You can combine tea with mint, oregano, rosehip, pollen, honey.
To eliminate the effects of burns, wound healing, use the oil-extracting hood. Take a pound of fresh leaves and flowers, cover with a liter of oil and 500 ml of white dry wine. Stir the mixture and leave for three days in the dark. Evaporate the wine, strain the prepared extract of Hypericum. A thick, viscous fluid will resemble an ointment or cream. Use it to treat vitiligo hunters.
In addition to useful properties, the herb has a number of contraindications that must be considered during treatment. The leaves are considered to be slightly toxic, so long-term therapy with them brings discomfort in the liver, a feeling of bitterness in the mouth. Contraindications to the long-term use of Hypericum juice are:
- hypertension, vascular diseases - causes an increase in blood pressure, narrowing of blood vessels,
- constipation, reduced appetite - enhances these effects,
- weak potency of men - reduces it even more,
- liver disease - therapy for more than a month increases its size.
The complete contraindications for which animal therapy is strictly prohibited are the following:
- lactation - breast milk gets a bitter taste,
- taking antibiotics - reduces the antimicrobial effect,
- problems with the optic nerve,
- taking contraceptives - weakens the effect of drugs,
- photosensitization - enhances it, can not be long under direct sunlight,
- the period after transplantation of organs or their transplantation causes rejection,
- mental illness - causes manic syndrome,
- taking antidepressants - there are convulsions, hallucinations, there may be a coma,
- AIDS - reduces the effect of the medication Indinavir,
- taking anticoagulants, heart drugs - weakens the effect,
- the need for anesthesia - prolongs and enhances the effect of painkillers.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding
Taking herb St. John's wort is a contraindication during pregnancy, during breastfeeding.. The herb adversely affects the development of the baby in the womb, and when released into breast milk makes it bitter. This contraindication is conditional, because only the internal reception of the plant is prohibited. Ointments, rinsing, washing with infusion are allowed on any trimester, but in moderate doses.
Tea from St. John's wort leaves increases potency in men, but its contraindication for them is too long a reception. Long use leads to the opposite effect - regular stimulation reduces the natural potency of men. This leads to a decrease in sexual desire, weakness of erection, early ejaculation. To contraindication became conditional, drink tea no more than a couple of times in a month.
From what age can children
Contraindications for taking grass is children up to five years. After that, you can use St. John's wort with the permission of the pediatrician. Plant based medicines are allowed from the age of 12 years. The first application should not be internal - restless babies will help the bath with healing properties. Oral administration is allowed from 10-12 years, and lotions, gargles from six.
Botanical description of Hypericum
One of the most effective in therapeutic practice of plants - St. John's wort, or ordinary. This healing herb grows up to 30–70 cm, blooms in June-August with small yellow flowers. The most favorable habitats are bright forest glades and dry meadows. For therapeutic purposes, use leafy tops of plants with inflorescences. It is best to collect them from the very beginning of flowering, since during this period the content of useful substances is maximum.
In nature, there are several types of herbs called St. John's wort. There are shrubs with the same name, and even small trees. In folk medicine, St. John's wort (holed) and St. John's wort are used. They differ both externally and healing properties very slightly.
In the Middle Ages it was common belief that St. John's wort is able to protect against evil spirits, ghosts and witches. He was put to the child in the crib or hung to the cradle. It was believed that the baby would have good dreams in this way, and the devilry would not frighten him.
On the fresh grass of the Hypericum girls wondered on love: crushed stalks in their hands, if the juice appeared red - that feeling was mutual, if it was colorless - that the elect was indifferent.
Hypericum took the travelers with them on the road, it was believed that he would protect against the attack of wild animals and robbers.
There are many legends about the origin of Hypericum. So, in Christian nations, its appearance is associated with the death of John the Baptist. When he was beheaded, a St. John's wort grew on the spot of drops of blood falling to the ground. Therefore, according to the Slavic tradition, this plant is called "Ivan's blood."
The composition and beneficial properties of Hypericum
In St. John's wort many useful substances, so that he has healing properties. The plant contains flavone compounds (rutin, quercetin, etc.), ascorbic and nicotinic acids, saponins, sugars, carotene, tocopherol, hypericin, cetyl alcohol, choline, hyperoside, phytoncides, essential oils, tannins, bitters. Curative components allow using this medicinal plant quite widely. It is used as an antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, wound healing, antirheumatic, diuretic, choleretic, astringent, anthelmintic, and also as a regenerating drug.
Since ancient times, they used infusions from the herb of Hypericum, cooked in water, to treat heart diseases, rheumatism, colds, flu, headaches, liver, stomach, bladder, bedwetting, hemorrhoids, and inflammation of the female genital organs.
And only recently, medical scientists have discovered another useful property of Hypericum. As shown by clinical studies, the plant has a positive effect on the nervous system and has an antidepressant effect. This makes St. John's wort more valuable because it has almost no contraindications and does not cause side effects, in contrast to sedative drugs of chemical origin.
Consider the composition of Hypericum more:
Токоферол – это витамин Е, который необходим для защиты организма от разрушительного действия свободных радикалов,
Каротин – предшественник витамина А. Он необходим для правильной работы глаз, обновления клеток кожи, борьбы с вирусами и бактериями,
Дубильные вещества способствуют очищению ран от инфекции, снимают воспаление, ускоряют заживление,
Nicotinic acid is essential for proper functioning of the heart and nervous system,
Vitamin C boosts immunity, promotes restoration and renewal of cartilage, ligaments, supports skin turgor, prevents normal cells from regenerating into cancer cells,
Hypericin and hyperforin are special substances that have an antidepressant effect,
Hyperoside and rutin strengthen the walls of blood vessels
Phytoncides are plant-based antibiotics that have a powerful antimicrobial effect.
Such a combination of biologically active substances in the composition of the medicinal plant allows its use in the treatment of many diseases.
Hypericum in cosmetology
This healing herb is well established in the beauty industry. It has anti-inflammatory, toning, anti-aging and anti-seboric effects.
St. John's wort is successfully used for:
Increased oily skin,
Wilting and wrinkles
Baldness and dandruff,
Pustular skin diseases,
In case of heavy acne on the face, daily evening washings with extract of Hypericum are recommended. To do this, take 1 tablespoon of chopped dried herbs, pour 1 cup boiling water and leave for 20 minutes. It is necessary to wash the infusion every night before going to bed, do not get wet with a towel, do not rinse it, let it dry on the skin.
Treatment of burns, wounds and skin diseases:
For any damage to the skin for the speedy healing of fresh and infected wounds, for the treatment of boils and suppurative inflammatory processes use fresh crushed leaves of Hypericum, applying them to the sore spots. You can also make an ointment or oil.
Take 100 g of fresh leaves of St. John's wort and sage and carefully grind them with 200 g of fresh lard. Squeeze the mixture through gauze and store in a cool place in a tightly closed container. If necessary, lubricate burns and wounds, changing dressings 3-4 times a day.
2 tablespoons of dried flowers of Hypericum pour 4 tablespoons of almond or sunflower oil. Infuse for 2-3 weeks. Especially effective is the use of sealer oil in the treatment of burns. In addition, the oil can be used for severe bruises, carefully rubbing it into a sore point.
Treatment of cardiovascular diseases:
This group includes heart disease (rheumatism, myocardial infarction, cardiac asthma), arteries (hypertension, atherosclerosis) and veins (thrombophlebitis).
Prepare a mixture of dry raw materials: 3 tablespoons of Hypericum, 3 tablespoons of yarrow, 2 tablespoons of lemon balm, 2 tablespoons of chopped valerian roots. Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture and pour 2 cups of boiling water over it. Insist for 3 hours and strain. Take 0.5 cups 1 time a day in small sips.
Increased oily skin
If the skin quickly appears greasy shine, you will help a strong decoction of Hypericum. Two tablespoons of dried herbs need to pour one glass of boiling water, put on a slow fire and cook for 10 minutes. After cool, strain and wipe the face with a cotton pad, let it dry, rinse with cool water.
You can make a mask of steamed herb Hypericum. To do this, two tablespoons of raw materials is poured with four spoons of boiling water, stirred, allowed to infuse. The resulting slurry impose cleanly washed face, avoiding the area around the eyes. Keep the mask should be 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Do no more than two times a week.
Wilting and wrinkles
Ice rubbing and St. John's wort based lotion will help restore skin tone. For ice rubbing, it is necessary to prepare the decoction of Hypericum (see recipe above), cool, strain and freeze, pouring into special molds for ice. Every morning after washing it is recommended to wipe the face and décolleté with a piece of such ice.
For the manufacture of lotion, you need to mix 1 cup of infusion of Hypericum (see recipe above) and mix with 1 tablespoon of vodka. Wipe face and neck after washing in the evening before bedtime.
Pustular skin diseases
In case of pustular diseases, the skin is rubbed with a decoction of hypericum. To prevent the spread of infection to healthy areas, washing is performed using a cotton pad. The disc should be moistened with broth, slightly squeezed, with a soaking motion, process the skin on a site with a radius of no more than 3 cm, discard the used disc, take a clean one. Repeat the whole procedure on the next skin area.
To facilitate the condition shown foot baths. To do this, cook 2 liters of broth at the rate of 4 tablespoons of chopped herbs per 0.5 liters of boiling water, cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Pour into a small basin, cool to a temperature of 45 degrees (hot, but tolerable), lower the legs and keep the broth to cool.
In official medical practice, they use both dried raw materials - St. John's wort grass and medicinal preparations made on its basis.
The plant is used in the following conditions:
Diseases of the biliary tract and digestive tract (dyskinesia, hypotension of the gallbladder, hepatitis, cholecystitis, bloating, low acidity of the stomach, diarrhea),
Depressive states, insomnia, increased anxiety.
The effectiveness of this medicinal herb in inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity due to the content of a large number of tannins, phytoncides and beta-carotene.
Based on the extract of Hypericum produced the drug Novoimanin. It is indicated for purulent skin diseases - abscesses, phlegmon, infected wounds, burns, inflammation of the throat, sinus. Its effectiveness is so high that it can suppress the growth of even Staphylococcus aureus, which is resistant to penicillin preparations.
The choleretic effect and the ability to normalize intestinal motility during flatulence and diarrhea is associated with the content of essential oil in the plant.
The ability of Hypericum to eliminate the manifestations of depression is well known. Numerous studies have shown that in patients with mild depressive states, the effectiveness of Hypericum-based drugs is even higher than that of classical anti-depressants. In addition, the herbal preparation does not cause drowsiness, lethargy, does not affect the ability to drive a car, does not reduce the reaction rate. Antidepressants based on Hypericum improve mood, relieve anxiety, cause a surge of vitality. Official Hypericum Drugs to Combat Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, and Anxiety: German drug Gelarium Hypericum and the Russian herbal remedy Negrustin, which are sold without a prescription.
A warning! Treatment of any disease will be effective only if the diagnosis is known exactly, existing complications and contraindications are taken into account. In complex advanced cases, traditional medicine should be combined with the classical methods of treatment of a disease.
Herbalists recommend treatment with hunters for the following diseases:
Gallstone disease, inflammation of the gallbladder, hepatitis, including viral,
Skin infections, burns,
Mental illness, including depression,
Before starting treatment with any medicinal herbs, you should consult with your doctor. This will help avoid fatal mistakes, the price of which is life and health.
Most often, St. John's wort is used in the form of:
All of them can be made at home.
Herbal preparations are very popular, which, in addition to St. John's wort, includes other medicinal plants. Charges are more efficient and faster due to the summation of useful properties.
The raw material for the preparation of medicinal forms of Hypericum can be used dried herb, purchased at the pharmacy. It is sold in bulk in cardboard boxes or in the form of filter bags. It is best to use loose grass.
If you wish, you can prepare your own St. John’s wort by yourself, if you have the opportunity to gather the plant away from major roads, factories, plants, railway tracks.
To gather St. John's wort should be during its flowering. Plants are cut with a knife close to the ground. Dried down the tops, tied in bunches. When drying, direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided, it is better if it is a shaded place (shed, attic).
Hunter Treatments: The Best Recipes
It is very important to remember that this medicinal plant can seriously harm, and in order to understand this, it is enough to read the name carefully. Therefore, before starting treatment, it is best to consult a doctor. As a rule, fresh grass is used as an external agent. For this, the leaves and inflorescences are crushed, which promotes the healing of wounds, ulcers and bruises, and are used as lotions to sore spots - for example, in case of allergies, rashes, as well as after insect bites. You can add a little honey and use the plant as bandages to treat joints or lower back.
Rarely use fresh juice from Hypericum. Since it is difficult to get the right amount of juice, infusions, tinctures, decoctions, ointments and oil are more often prepared.
St. John's wort infusion: to prepare the infusion, you must take 2 tablespoons of crushed fresh herbs or 1 tablespoon dry, and pour 200 ml of boiling water over it. Insist for 3-4 hours in a dark place, after which the agent can be consumed 15 ml 3 times daily before meals to get rid of gastritis, normalize the acidity of gastric juice, with colitis, cystitis, gallstone disease, headache to improve venous circulation, increase blood pressure, etc. With colds or infections of the oral cavity use a rinse from the extract of Hypericum. For the treatment of inflammation on the skin prepare lotions or compresses with the same tool. Infusion is used to treat skin diseases in children, adding it to the bath when bathing.
Decoction Hypericum: it is used in almost the same way as the infusion. To prepare the broth, you need an enamel pan or dishes from heat-resistant glass. Take 1.5 tablespoons of herbs and pour it with a glass of hot water. After that, the container with brewed grass is heated in a water bath for 20–30 minutes, but not boiled. Decoction Hypericum used externally for washing, rubbing the skin, rinsing hair, inside - with intestinal infections, diarrhea.
Hypericum tincture: Hypericum herb is infused with vodka or alcohol at a ratio of 1: 7 or 1:10, left in a dark place for three days or more. To use the drug should be mixed with water: one teaspoon per 50 ml of water. This medicine is also used for rinsing the mouth and for inhalation. Alcohol tincture is very effective as a warming compress for muscle or joint pain.
For external use prepare an ointment or oil. This tool helps to heal wounds, ulcers, bruises, sprains, etc. Prepare the ointment by mixing animal fat, vaseline or fatty baby cream with evaporated St. John's wort or powder from dry grass.
Hypericum oil: it can be prepared as follows: take one piece of flowers and draw in two parts of olive, almond or peach oil for three weeks. This drug is used as an oil compress for the treatment of ulcers, burns or wounds.
To prepare the medicine, you can take the usual vegetable oil, add dried grass and insist for 5 days (in the ratio 1: 1.5). If the healing oil is prepared on the basis of fresh herbs, then keep the proportions of 1: 1. In the villages of Siberia, this oil is widely used to treat gums and oral mucosa (in the case of stomatitis or gingivitis).
Hypericum tea It is prepared in the same way as a hot infusion. In the teapot poured 1 teaspoon of Hypericum and poured 1 cup of boiling water. Linden color, a spoon of honey or a handful of strawberries may be added to tea. Tea is used not as a therapeutic, but as a prophylactic agent to strengthen the immune system.
There are many recipes of traditional medicine, which are based on Hypericum. Here are the best ones.
Treatment of stomach with hypericum
If gastritis is accompanied by severe pain, it is possible to use herbal. For the preparation of the infusion will need one part of the herb meadowsweet, nettle and St. John's wort. Herbs need to be folded in a dry jar, mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Then take 1 tablespoon of the mixture, pour into the teapot and pour 200 ml of boiling water. Insist 1 hour. Drink half a cup 5 times a day before meals.
If heartburn worries along with gastritis, then a collection of plants will help: 1 tablespoon of St. John's wort, dried feasts, yarrow. All ingredients pour 1 liter of water. Let it brew for 2 hours, take half a cup half an hour before meals or when heart attack has begun.
Treatment of vitiligo
Vitiligo is a disease in which, for unknown reasons, the skin loses its pigment, melanin, in certain areas, and white spots appear round in this place. In severe cases, they slowly grow, merging with each other and capturing more and more new areas of the body. Vitiligo is most commonly exposed to exposed skin: face, neck, decollete, hands. Spots do not hurt and do not itch.
For a long time, St. John's wort has been used to treat vitiligo. In the fight against this disease, an infusion of herbs and ointment were used:
Infusion for the treatment of vitiligo. To prepare the infusion, you need to take 1 teaspoon of dried herb St. John's wort, put in a earthenware kettle, pour 1 cup boiling water, leave to infuse for half an hour, drain. Take 1 tablespoon in the morning, at lunch, in the evening before going to bed for 3 weeks. After an 8-day break, repeat the treatment. Do so until the total number of courses is 8,
Ointment for the treatment of vitiligo. Collect fresh flowers of Hypericum, well rammed into a glass jar "on the hanger". Pour cold-pressed vegetable oil, preferably olive oil, as much as it takes. Expose in the sun for 2 weeks. Again, collect fresh flowers of Hypericum, tightly tamped in a jar, pour pressed oil from the first portion. Insist 2 weeks. Again, collect the flowers in the jar and pour pressed oil from the second portion. Do this 5 times. By the end, the vegetable oil will turn into a thick, viscous liquid resembling a cream. They need to lubricate the spots of vitiligo 1 time per day, leave until fully absorbed. Rinse off residue after 30 minutes with warm water.
Treatment of sinusitis with hypericum
For the treatment of sinusitis with Hypericum will need a decoction of this herb (see recipe above). Before rinsing, drip vasoconstrictor drops into the nose in order to relieve swelling and give healing water to the nasal sinuses.
Rinse the nasal cavity with warm decoction of Hypericum 3 times a day. After the procedure, take a good look at both nostrils at once. The course of treatment is 7 days. Washing can be done with a syringe without a needle. Bend the head over the sink, draw a decoction into the syringe and insert it into the nostril. The spitting liquid is spitting.
Liver Treatment with Hypericum
With stagnation in the gallbladder, cholecystitis, it is necessary to stimulate the secretion of bile. St. John's wort infusion will cope well with this task (see the recipe above). In the morning after waking up, drink 0.5 glass of infusion on an empty stomach. Half an hour to have breakfast. During the day, take 2 tbsp. l after each meal, but not more than 5 times a day. Duration of treatment is 7 days.
Treatment of gastritis with St. John's wort
Infusion of the plant is good for exacerbation of gastritis. To prepare the infusion, you will need 1 tablespoon or 1 filter package of the herb St. John's wort, brew them in a glass dish with 1 cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for about 1 hour. Drink 15 ml (1 tablespoon) before each meal.
Alcoholism treatment with hypericum
To evoke a sense of disgust for alcohol with the help of Hypericum prepare a strong broth. Four tablespoons of chopped dry grass pour 2 cups boiling water, heated in a water bath for half an hour. Cool it down. Drink 2 tablespoons in the morning and evening before meals. Reception should be conscious, that is, the effect will not be if you add a decoction to food without the knowledge of the patient. The course of treatment is 14 days.
Treatment for Depression with Hypericum
Since those components of the medicinal plant that have an anti-depressive effect are poorly soluble in water, the best medicine for treating anxiety and mood disorders is tincture of Hypericum. You can cook it at home. The recipe is written above. To get rid of depression take 10-12 drops of tincture 3 times a day before meals. Duration of treatment is 1 month.
Contraindications and side effects of Hypericum
St. John's wort is a low toxic plant. If this herb is used for a long time, there may be discomfort in the liver, sometimes a feeling of bitterness in the mouth.
The main side effects and contraindications are:
Photosensitization is the increased sensitivity of the skin to ultraviolet radiation. Therefore, those who receive treatment with St. John's wort should not stay in direct sunlight for a long time.
Растение вызывает повышение артериального давления, поэтому больным гипертензией следует проконсультироваться с врачом перед началом лечения этой травой,
Вещества, содержащиеся в зверобое, способны вызвать отторжение трансплантированного органа. Поэтому пациентам, перенесшим операцию по пересадке органов или вживлению трансплантата, использовать лекарства на основе этого растения запрещается,
Women taking birth control pills should remember that St. John's wort reduces their contraceptive effect, so unwanted pregnancies may occur,
Prolonged use of this medicinal plant can cause a weakening of potency in men, which passes after discontinuation of the drug,
Drinking decoctions and infusions of Hypericum more than 1 month in a row can cause an increase in the liver,
In patients with mental illness, this herb can cause exacerbation of manic syndrome. The same effect can occur when you take Hypericum at the same time as other antidepressants. Patients may begin hallucinations, convulsions, confusion, in severe cases, coma may occur,
Do not take St. John's wort simultaneously with antibiotics, as it contributes to a more rapid removal of the drug from the body, as a result of which the effect of antimicrobial therapy is reduced,
Another important note: St. John's wort is able to halve the blood level of a very important AIDS medicine called Indinavir. Given this circumstance, people with AIDS should not use St. John's wort. In addition, the plant significantly reduces the effect of anticoagulants and cardiac drugs, therefore, it is better not to use it with these drugs,
Older people who apply modern antidepressants should be taken very carefully. The combination of this medicinal herb with antidepressants can lead to dizziness, confusion, anxiety and migraine attacks,
You must be careful about the use of Hypericum to people who need anesthesia, as this plant can prolong or enhance the effects of some painkillers. Therefore, before the introduction of anesthesia is very important to inform the doctor about the use of Hypericum. Recent studies of plants have shown that some components of the plant also has a negative effect on the optic nerve.
Can I use St. John's wort during pregnancy?
Since this plant is famous for its healing properties, very often the question arises, can expectant mothers use it? It is strictly contraindicated to use St. John's wort when carrying a child and breastfeeding, as St. John's wort can adversely affect the course of pregnancy, and also gives a bitter taste to breast milk.
External use in the form of ointments, rinsing, washing allowed for women in any period of gestation.
Article author: Sokolova Nina Vladimirovna | Phytotherapist
Education: A diploma in medicine and treatment was obtained at the NI Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Advanced training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Moscow University of Peoples' Friendship (2008).
St. John's Wort - useful properties for women
The fair sex use the plant not only as a remedy, but also as a cosmetic composition. Ice from the infusion of herbs is used to wipe the skin of the face and neck, it helps to get rid of wrinkles and signs of aging. The benefits of Hypericum for women lies in the high content of hypericin, which has a slight anti-depressive effect. Girls suffering from PMS or menopause symptoms can quickly get rid of them if they drink tea with this plant.
St. John's Wort - useful properties for men
Representatives of the stronger sex, too, should not abandon the funds on the basis of this herb. The hyperoside contained in them strengthens the walls of the veins, arteries and capillaries, thereby reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes. But this is not the only thing that benefits St. John's wort for men, doctors also highlight the following advantages:
- Tea with this herb helps reduce the risk of aortic aneurysm formation. This disease often becomes the cause of poor health, and in some cases, death in men. Cardiologists advise after 40 years to include tea with St. John's wort in the diet, this will reduce the likelihood of the development of this disease.
- Rutin and phytoncides help get rid of the inflammatory processes of the urogenital system, which often occur in men after 35 years.
The healing properties of Hypericum and its application
The grass, in addition to the listed substances, also contains other components necessary for the human body, whose properties are most pronounced in mixture with other plants. Hypericum exhibits beneficial properties not only if it is the basis of a therapeutic agent, but also when it is used as an additional component. For example, to strengthen the immunity of folk remedies, it is most reasonable to drink tea with the above-mentioned plant and lingonberry leaves, and if you combine tincture and honey, you can quickly get rid of the flu or tonsillitis. St. John's wort, the use of which with other herbs increases the benefits, especially:
- in combination with mint will help relieve stomach pain during gastritis,
- when mixed with chamomile is more effective in the treatment of inflammatory processes,
- in combination with the bark of the oak eliminates bleeding gums.
How to drink St. John's wort to treat intestines?
To eliminate constipation, it is advised to use herbal decoction immediately after a meal or half an hour before meals. It will rest the stomach and help the digestion of food, tannins will contribute to this. Means drink warm, it should be prepared immediately before the reception, otherwise the harm from it will be more than good. It is important to remember that this method should not be used by pregnant women and nursing mothers. Decoction Hypericum, the use of which helps with constipation and increased gas formation is used as follows:
- treatment is carried out for 2 weeks,
- drink half or three times a day for half a glass,
- It is allowed to combine treatment with medication.
How useful tea from Hypericum?
This drink is allowed to drink daily, but for people with sensitive skin it is better to give it up in the summer. Tea with St. John's wort increases photosensitivity, that is, the reaction of the epidermis to exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Hypertensives are advised to limit drink consumption to 200 ml per day, otherwise the pressure may increase. All the rest of this tool will help improve sleep and general well-being, as well as slow down the aging process of the body.
Tea with St. John's Wort - use:
- saturation of the body with vitamins E, C, PP,
- improved vision
- reducing the negative effects of stress and chronic fatigue.
Tincture on St. John's wort - a recipe
For the preparation of funds with this herb, you will need to buy it at a pharmacy or independently collect it in an environmentally clean place and dry it. After that, you can begin to independently mix the ingredients. Below are the most popular recipes for products with St. John's wort. In the manufacture of any of them do not break the rules, and then the composition will be useful and safe.
St. John's Wort (tincture of vodka) - a recipe
- dry grass (part 1)
- vodka or alcohol (7 parts).
- Mix the ingredients, grinding the plant.
- Store the container with the composition for 3 days in a dark and cool place.
Tea with St. John's Wort
- The teapot is heated by steam.
- Hypericum is poured into it and 200 ml of boiling water is poured.
- Drink infused for 15 minutes.
- 1.5 Art. l Hypericum,
- 200 ml of boiling water.
- Mix all ingredients in an enamel saucepan.
- Place the container with the composition in a water bath for 20 minutes.
- Strain the decoction.
Using the listed recipes, accurately observe the time of infusion or heating mixtures, it depends on whether the tool will be effective. If it is reduced, then in the tincture, decoction or tea the concentration of useful substances will decrease. When you first take the remedy with a hunter, be sure to track the occurrence of allergic reactions, the herb can provoke their onset, if at least one sign is formed - itching, redness of the skin, deterioration of health, immediately interrupt the treatment course.
The content of the article
St. John's wort is a plant with beneficial properties. In the old days it was called "the medicine of 100 ailments" and used to treat diseases.
Hypericum grass contains many useful and necessary substances for the body, but it also contains toxic components that can have a depressing effect on health. Animals avoid eating grass because it is poisonous to them - hence the name “St. John's wort”.
Composition of Hypericum
Vitamin A Hypericum represented by vitamins A, P, PP and C. Vitamin A is useful for vision, skin and hair. Ascorbic acid affects the bulk of the processes in the body, tones and strengthens. The benefits of vitamin C are increased in combination with other vitamins contained in St. John's wort.
The composition of the plant also includes:
- tannins that have an astringent and antibacterial effect.
- essential oils and resins with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- saponins, phytoncides and traces of alkaloids.
For the digestive tract
St. John's wort activates digestion, improves the secretion of digestive juices, has choleretic properties, slows intestinal peristalsis, successfully fights parasites and normalizes metabolism.
Broth successfully treats gastritis, ulcerative lesions of the gastroduodenal region, colitis, diarrhea, liver and gall bladder, kidney and urinary tract diseases.
For the nervous system
Hypericum actively contributes to the restoration of the functions of nerve fibers, soothes the nerves, relieves tension and restores strength. It is used to relieve PMS and in menopause in women, in the treatment of neurosis, especially complex, accompanied by headache and insomnia.
The plant is part of some antidepressants.
For circulatory and cardiovascular systems
St. John's wort is able to relieve vascular spasms - this normalizes the work of the heart and blood circulation in general. The plant has hemostatic properties, is used in the treatment of wounds and injuries caused by surgical intervention.
St. John's Wort has a unique property to relieve inflammation of the mucous membranes. This allows its use in the treatment of respiratory and dental problems, as well as in inflammations of the female genital tract.
St. John's wort is used in the treatment of diseases of the joints. It reduces inflammation, reduces swelling and normalizes the movement of joints. External use allows you to strengthen the walls of the capillaries, to accelerate the healing of cuts and abrasions.
Harm and contraindications of Hypericum
When applying St. John's wort it is necessary to remember that there are also poisonous substances in its composition, which in large quantities are capable of depressingly acting on perception - the photosensitivity increases and promotes an increase in blood pressure. To avoid unpleasant symptoms, always stick to the recommended doses and use remedies from the plant wisely.