St John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) Seeds (0.5gr)

St John's wort is a very easy plant to grow. Used since ancient times for its mood-enhancing and pain-relieving qualities, it makes an excellent and low-maintenance addition to any garden.

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Zamnesia - St John's wort Seeds: The Ancient Mood-Enhancer

St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a perennial plant named after Saint John the Baptist. This is because the plant flowers around June 24th, the birth date of the saint.

This plant can be found natively in all four corners of the world. In agriculture, it is considered to be an invasive, noxious weed. This is because in the wild, it does conquer and replace native species, while also being quite toxic to livestock if ingested as a whole plant.

However, its bright yellow flowers have been used medicinally for centuries. Mentions of its use date back to the early Roman Empire’s pharmacopoeia. It was also a key ingredient in the classical Greek theriaca—a medicinal concoction that was traded all the way to China via the ancient Silk Road.

GROWING ST JOHN’S WORT

Hypericum perforatum reproduces vegetatively and sexually. Its perennial nature provides growers with the benefit of multi-year harvests.

Seeds should be sown in autumn, as it is during winter that germination slowly takes place. It is an easy plant to grow; its major requirement is an alkaline soil profile, and it flourishes in very humid and cold weather. It can grow up to 1m high, and if left unmanaged, will form a wide, spherical bush shape.

Once in full bloom, you can harvest its yellow flowers and let them dry out completely for long-term storage.

HOW TO USE ST JOHN’S WORT

Using Hypericum perforatum is a simple as making tea. Infuse 1 to 2 teaspoons of dry flowers into a cup of near-boiling water. Honey and lemon can be added to taste. Let it sit for 10–15 minutes, then drink. One to two servings per day is enough to assess its potential benefits.

Some users prefer to make more concentrated oils and tinctures, either to use as topical ointments or to add to food and drink.

EFFECTS OF ST JOHN’S WORT

Hypericum perforatum is widely known and traditionally used for its antidepressant and mood-enhancing properties. It is also reported to help with inflammation, muscle pain, skin conditions, insomnia, and hemorrhoids relief.

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF ST JOHN’S WORT

Hypericum perforatum is not a substitution for standard medicine. In fact, it can counteract or significantly increase the activity of several classes of pharmacological compounds like MAOIs, SSRIs, and tricyclic antidepressants, to name but a few.

If you are taking any form of medication, it is strongly advised to consult your doctor before consuming St John’s wort.

Contents: 0,5 grams (about 4.500 seeds)

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