St. John’s wort

St. John’s wort (St. John’s wort)


Perennial herbaceous plant up to 60 cm tall. The rhizome is thin branched, with numerous bundles of adventitious roots. Stems thin, numerous, smooth, 2-sided. The leaves are opposite, sessile, oblong, simple, entire, with translucent glands. The flowers are yellow, in corymbose panicles with a five-membered calyx and corolla, many stamens, one pistil with a three-celled ovary and three stigmas. The fruit is a trihedral capsule that opens with three flaps. Seeds numerous, small. Blooms throughout the summer.

Grows in meadows, grassy slopes, shrubs and road edges; widely distributed in the South-East in the forest-steppe and steppe regions.

Medicinal raw material is a herb without solid lower stems, collected during the flowering period. Prepare the tops of the stems with leaves and flowers. The grass is dried in the shade, in a well-ventilated area, in attics.

In all parts of the plant, except for the roots, dyes were found: hypericin, protopseudohypericin, hyperico-dehydro-dianthrone, etc.

In scientific medicine, St. John’s wort products are used as a pronounced astringent, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, hemostatic and stimulating substance that promotes rapid tissue regeneration when damaged.

St. John’s wort herb is used in the form of an infusion or decoction for rheumatism, inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (ulcers, gastroenterocolitis, diarrhea), for diseases of the liver, gallbladder, cystitis, urinary incontinence in babies, hemorrhoids, and also as an external remedy for burns 2- th and 3rd degree, for lubricating the gums, rinsing the mouth, with gingivitis, stomatitis, as a therapeutic and prophylactic agent.

St. John’s wort oil is used to treat wounds, ulcers and burns in the form of oil compresses, as well as to treat all kinds of skin lesions (ulcers, abscesses, boils, mastitis).

It is used in the form of a 1% alcohol solution, which is diluted 5, 10, 25, 100 times with distilled water or a 0.5% novocaine solution before use. It is used as an external agent for washing, irrigation, dressings, as well as for electrophoresis and inhalations for pneumonia, osteomyelitis and various purulent processes. Novoimanin is suitable for treating the surgeon’s hands and the surgical field.

In folk medicine , St. John’s wort is used for a wide variety of diseases, often in combination with other herbs: for influenza, sore throat, rheumatism (reduces aches), headaches, for diseases of the intestines, stomach, stomach and duodenal ulcers, liver diseases, bedwetting , diseases of the heart, bladder, dysentery, pulmonary tuberculosis. As a specific agent – against cancer of the liver and stomach. St. John’s wort is also recommended as a wound healing, analgesic for inflammation of the sciatic nerve, a diuretic and for malignant ulcers; as an anti-inflammatory, appetite stimulant, with constipation; externally for rinsing and eliminating bad breath, strengthening gums.

It is known that when pilots get burned, St. John’s wort oil is a radical remedy , which helps even in cases where 2/3 of the body surface is affected. St. John’s wort oil helps with significant bruises of the chest and back (you can also use lotions from the decoction).


Tincture or extract: 30%; inside 40-50 drops 3 times every day after meals; externally – to lubricate damaged areas and rinses, dilute 30-40 drops in half a glass of water as a sterilizing, disinfectant for acne, gingivitis, stomatitis, glossitis.

Decoction: 10 g per 200 ml (it is better to thicken to half), 1 tbsp. spoon 3 times every day after meals. The same decoction can be used for oily seborrhea, acne.

Infusion: 8 g per 200 ml; 1/3 cup 3 times every day 30 minutes before meals or an hour after meals for diseases of the intestines, liver.

Oil: 1 part of flowers Infuse in 2 parts of peach, almond or olive oil for 3 weeks, sunflower oil is allowed.

Oil: half a glass of leaves and flowers of St. John’s wort, crushed into powder, insist in a glass of sunflower oil within 3 weeks.

Ointment: 1 part tincture to 4 parts butter.

A mixture (used for liver diseases): St. John’s wort – 20 g, sandy cumin inflorescences – 30 g, buckthorn bark – 20 g. 4 tbsp. brew spoons or the whole mixture in 1 liter of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes and strain; drink a day in 5 receptions. Buckthorn bark is added to this mixture to treat constipated liver disease patients.

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