- St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort, also known as Hypericum perforatum, is a perennial herb native to Europe, Asia and North America. The flowers and leaves of the plant are used for medicinal purposes. St. John's Wort is a popular herbal remedy for mild to moderate depression and anxiety. It is believed to work by increasing the levels of certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. St. John's Wort has also been traditionally used to help reduce symptoms of pain and to help reduce symptoms of neuralgia and sciatica, it is believed to have analgesic properties. It is also traditionally used to help improve sleep quality and to help reduce symptoms of insomnia, it is believed to have hypnotic properties. St. John's Wort is considered safe when consumed in small doses, but it should be used with caution as it can interact with some medications. It should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women and it is not recommended for people taking antidepressants, birth control pills, or blood thinners. It's always best to consult with a healthcare professional before adding it to your diet, especially if you are taking any medications.