In A Nutshell - St John's Wort 250

In A Nutshell - St John's Wort

Part of the outstanding "Healing Herbs - In A Nutshell" series of compact guides to single herbs and their actions and uses. 

It includes information on: 

  • An introduction to the history, folklore, botany, and uses of the herb
  • How to cultivate, harvest, process, and preserve St. John's Wort as a tea, maceration, an ointment, and a tincture
  • A section on the action of St. John's Wort in combination with other herbs to treat specific ailments
  • How to use St. John's Wort as a self-help medicine 


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Hypericum perforatum

by Jill Rosemary Davies

The St John’s Wort flowers are known as the anti-depressant herb. Yet its 4,000 years of use worldwide also recognized it as a potent anti-viral, anti-biotic and liver support herb. Externally, it is a very important skin herb, which is equal to and compliments Aloe Vera for severe burns and other skin trauma or blemishes.

Its bright and cheery ‘summer solstice’ flowers (midsummer flowering) contain the wine-red pigmented bio-chemical ‘hypericin.’ It is this oily red pigment from the flowers that is also used externally on skin traumas after being steeped in a carrier oil.

Lesser known, is that internally it can also be used to treat a range of nerve and brain related disorders, from anxiety to sleep disturbance, pre-menstrual tension, dyslexia and more.

The list of contra-indications alongside medication are numerous, so this booklet makes it a useful reference.

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Author Jill Rosemary Davies
ISBN 1862045062
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