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Nature's Temple / St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort

(Hypericum perforatum)

 

Parts Used: Aerial parts

Active Constituents:

Glycosides including the red pigment hypericin, flavonoids, tannins, resin and volatile oil.

Main Actions:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Astringent
  • Antispasmodic
  • Vulnerary (promotes the healing of wounds)
  • Sedative
  • Diuretic (promotes the flow of urine)

Major Safety Issues:

  • Can cause photosensitivity in some people
  • Should be avoided in cases of liver damage
  • Is contraindicated with certain drug interactions.