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St. Johns/Joans Wort

 St. Johns Wort, Hypericum perforatum (also known as St. Joans Wort) is a powerful herb with a long history as being used in folk medicine. The herb gained media attention for assisting to promote a sunny disposition when used regularly. Many people suffering from depression have reported using it with success.

Earlier days, it was used to treat various types of psychotic symptoms. It’s ability to settle nerves and nerve pain has been and is still recognized by herbalists around the globe.

It is a herb that grows on the property at Go For Wellness Inc. and is harvested early summer and used to make oils and tinctures.

It is used in herbal treatments (oils and tinctures) for:

  • Healing wounds
  • Bruises
  • Sunburn
  • Shingles (superior natural product to settle nerve pain)
  • Herpes
  • Cold sores
  • Skin Ulcers
  • Inflammation
  • Expectorant (treatment of respiratory concerns)
  • Assist in healing bladder problems such as urine incontinence

The skin healing abilities of St. Joan’s Wort are due to therapeutic properties within the herb. In this way, it acts as:

  • Analgesic
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antiseptic

Made into oils, salves and ointments, it can serve to assist in healing many skin problems.

Tincture preparations are beneficial to assist with:

  • Depression
  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Pre-menstrual symptoms
  • Addictive tendencies
  • Hormonal activity (helps regulate)
  • Cancer prevention
  • Viral infections (protection from as well)
  • Inflammation
  • Nervous system (soothes)
  • Cold sores

Quote from Susun Weed

“…Tincture of St. Joan's wort not only lends one a sunny disposition, it reliably relieves muscle aches, is a powerful anti-viral, and is my first-choice treatment for those with shingles, sciatica, backpain, neuralgia, and headaches including migraines. The usual dose is 1 dropperful (1 ml) as frequently as needed. In extreme pain from a muscle spasm in my thigh, I used a dropperful every twenty minutes for two hours, or until the pain totally subsided. St. Joan's wort oil stops cold sores in their tracks and can even relieve genital herpes symptoms. I use it as a sunscreen. Contrary to popular belief, St. Joan's wort does not cause sun sensitivity, it prevents it. It even prevents burn from radiation therapy. Eases sore muscles, too."

- Susun Weed
http://botanical.com/site/column_susun/susun_weedwalk.html

Many will advise not to take St. Johns/Joans Wort during pregnancy, however, this you need to decide for yourself. Women have used it during pregnancy without issue:

This is a response to the question of safety around using St. Johns/Joans Wort for treating depression during pregnancy, by an Associate at Susun Weed’s Wise Women Centre.

  • “I believe St.Joan's wort to be very safe. I used it throughout three pregnancies and also have given to my young children. In fact when I was in labor I slatthered hypericum oil on my belly several times to help with the pain from contractions. I consider this herb very safe as long as it is used only in the from of infused oil topically and the tincture used internally made from the fresh flowering herb.”

http://www.wisewomantradition.com/childbearingyear/2016/07/st-johns-wort-while-pregnant.html

Prescription drugs: Herbal remedies such as St. Johns/Joans Tincture may change the effect of prescription drugs. Research or speak to a qualified Herbalist before taking this product while taking any prescription drugs.

Disclaimer: The Information here is entirely for educational purposes only. This information is not intended as a prescription, prognosis, or diagnosis of any diseases or illness, and should not be used as a replacement for any medical treatment you may currently be undergoing. Application of the information provided without the supervision of a licensed medical professional is done so at the individual's own risk.

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