St. John’s wort Hypericum perforatum

St. John’s wort is renowned for its treatment of depression, but it possesses other medicinal benefits, as well. It is an erect, multi-stemmed, perennial forb that grow to 3 feet tall. It has long, slender “runners” growing on and just below the soil surface. Its numerous flowers are symmetrical around a central point, growing in flat-topped clusters. They are bright yellow-orange and edged with black dots. Other common names include Klamath weed, chase-devil, goatweed, rosin rose, and Tipton’s weed.
Europe, Africa, Asia, Northern Africa, Middle East, all US states except Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Utah
Antidepressant, antibacterial, antifungal, nervine. Used for heart palpitations, anxiety, exhaustion, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, seasonal affective disorder, smoking cessation, sore muscles, nerve pain, irritable bowel syndrome, skin conditions, PMS, hepatitis C, migraine, headache, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, symptoms of menopause, hemorrhoids, burns, wounds
St. John’s wort can be purchased in tea, pill, or liquid form. A common dosage is 2 to 4 grams three times per day. For all conditions, pour
1 cup boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons dried leaves. Steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink in one sitting. Cooled, this can be used as a rinse or bath for skin conditions, burns, and wounds.