St John's Wort is a popular medicinal herb which is used to lift depression

St. John's Wort FlowerHypericum perforatum

St. John's Wort  is also claimed to temper emotional discomfort and calm the nerves. St. John's Wort is widely prescribed by herbal practitioners for mild depression and anxiety. St John's Wort is also applied externally to heal wounds and reduce inflammation.

St John's Wort owes its name to the fact that its golden-yellow flowers bloom in their splendor around the summer solstice on St. John's Day- June 24th.

St. John's Wort Plant type

St. John's Wort is a perennial herb with small bright-yellow flowers which have five petals and long, feathery stamens at the center. The slender, oval leaves grow in opposing pairs, and if held up to the light, appear to be perforated.

Ornamental or balcony varieties of Hypericum normally do not contain any healing properties. Only Hypericum perforatum, which is rarely found commercially, contains the levels of hypericin to accomplish this.

Sowing the St. John's Wort seeds

Growing and care of St. john's wort

The medicinal benefits of St. john's wort