The botanical name for St. John’s Wort, hypericum perforatum, has several noted origins, all having similar meanings or references. Hypericum comes from the Greek word “hyperikon” which is broken down into hyper, meaning “over,” and eikon, meaning “image or apparition,” a reference to the belief that the herb was not only used to protect humans and animals against witches, demons and evil diseases, but it was also added to the fire when moulding "Freikugel" or "Magic bullet" which is an excellent translation from German language, since it works in a literal sense with the Freischütz meaning, and also is used for the same meaning for medicine. Another translation, “almost over ghosts,” confirms the mystical beliefs about this plant are expressed during the medieval period. The true origins of “eikon” are not fully known due to the cross-pollination of the plant for medicinal and mystical uses of St. John’s Wort.
The Latin name perforatum is translated as “punctured,” and refers to the many tiny dots found on the leaves and flowers of St. John’s Wort, which at first glance seem to be small perforations or holes. These small, black, translucent dots are not actually holes but tiny glands, which, when pressed, release the essential plant oils and resins.
St.-John's wort owes its name to the fact that it flowers at the time of the summer solstice or around St. John's day on 24 June when sun is its highest point in the year. The yellow flowers are associated with the sun. Legend tells us that in the first century, early Christians were credited for naming St. John’s Wort after their beloved John the Baptist as the brightly colored flowers will usually expose themselves on or before June 24th, which is celebrated as his birthday. The striking arrangement of its five yellow petals resembles a halo, and when picked exudes a crimson red liquid which was believed by some to symbolize the spilled blood of their beloved John.
Appropriately dubbed by many as a magical plant, St. John’s Wort carries a rich history, full of cultural nuances and mystical legends. Dr. Jonathan Zuess, in his book, “The Natural Prozac Program,” eloquently captures the emotion and quintessence of St. John’s Wort in his opening statement:
Having been administered as a remedy by the Roman military doctor Proscurides as early as the 1st century AD.Paracelsus was one of the first doctors to concern themselves with St.-John's wort.
Many of these stories, passed through the generations, paint a colorful picture of a multifaceted plant used in a variety of applications, some were even used for supernatural or spiritual ritual purposes because of their “magical” results.
Every wise woman keep this plant at home to protect their family and home from bad energies and demons.
Only last decades St. John’s Wort been studied in medical healing trails and still not been fully approved for different reasons. It depends of each country regulations views and standards! For example, the medical doctors warned that St. John‘s wort‘s OTC status resulted in confusion over its safety.
By the end of the 1990s it had been stated that St. John‘s wort had unwanted side effects. For many centuries, alternative medicine and holistic theories have tended to reject materialist, ordinary (allopathic), or mechanical theories of disease. However, standardized St. John‘s wort the fact that treatments considered alternative today were often considered perfectly normal in the past. St. John’s herbal tea is used for centuries in many cultures and I remember it since childhood in our home apothecary. This herbal tea as healthy supplement is still available in many organic shops around the Europe and is available without any subscription in pharmacies and is also used in some cosmetic applications.
There has also been a tendency to consider all alternative therapies together on the basis that alternative medicine falls outside the conventional standards of scientific medicine.
St. John Main Benefits
Effective Wounds Treatment - bruises, burns, infected wounds, and abscesses and sores.
Applicable for Oral Inflammation - stomatitis.
Reduce Nervous Tension - stress, insomnia, used in the period after a breakdown of the brain and nerves.
Slightly Calming effect, affects depression, especially during a climacteric period.
St John's wort can be considered a natural Antidepressant, but no so strong to heal severe and prolonged depression.
Facilitates Urination - increases urinary filtration in the kidneys.
Improve Cardio vascular functions - strengthens capillary vessel walls, and enhances venous blood flow or tones blood circulation.
Stimulates the organs of the Digestive tract:
- Relaxes the smooth muscle of the bile ducts and blood vessels, facilitates bile secretion, promotes bile secretion
- Gastric mucosa - relieves colon and small intestine spasms
- Improvement in well-being is observed after 4-6 weeks
There are a number of RESTRICTIONS for using this plant:
it is not compatible with medicines for antidepressants;
Avoid vitamin B1 supplements, including red wine, beer, chocolate and cheese while in use.
During the course of the course, it is desirable to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, as active substances increase it;
Do not use it during pregnancy or lactation because it has not been studied how the St. John's wort affects the fetus;
children can use St. John's wort tea only after two years of age!
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