St. John’s Wort Tea is known for its anti-depressive healing properties throughout the world.
Anxiety and stress are the main causes for many bodily and mental diseases today. The pressure you feel on your mind can have a severely negative impact on the rest of your body, making it difficult for your psychic reserves to heal thus leading to mental and physical exhaustion.
The history of St. John Wort
In Latin, ‘Hypericum perforatum’, St. John’s Wort gets its name from the ‘flower harvest’ on June 24th, the day of the feast of St. John the Baptist. According to Old English phonology, ‘Wort’ is a word for plant. It is also known by the other names such as chase-devil, Tipton’s weed, rosin rose or Klamath weed.
The little plant is a perennial herb that grows to 1 meter in height, in the subtropical regions of North America, Europe and Asia. In the summer months, small yellow flowers bloom, which are no bigger than 2.5 cm across.
All through history, this has been the home grown tea for reducing tension and depression, loaded with otherworldly importance even before Christianity.
The ‘Wort’ perks
St. John’s Wort has been a part of folk medicine for many years; being used as a narcotic or painkiller to treat minor to serious conditions including emotional episodes, wounds, sleep issues, peptic ulcers and alcohol abuse.
According to the American Journal of Natural Medicine, German physicians prescribe St. John’s Wort about 20 times more than Prozac. The British Medical Journal published an analysis of 23 European studies which stated that herbal John Wort is a viable treatment for mild to moderate depression.
The herb is a good source of phenolic acids, rutin, tannins, essential oils, resins. These components make up a tea full of ‘natural’ benefits, giving it its calming sedative nature.
Many studies have shown that St. John Wort herbs have fewer side effects than most other prescription-based antidepressants. While the tea does help fight moderate depression and anxiety, it can react with a number of medications, if taken with them. Therefore, it should be taken only under guidance of a heath care provider.
Despite not being exactly sure how St. John’s wort works, some researchers have suggested that the herb acts similar to serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a popular type of antidepressant that doctors often prescribe first to treat depression, making more dopamine and serotonin available in the brain. These neurotransmitters can boost your mood and can be responsible for treating symptoms of depression and moderate anxiety.
St. John’s Wort tea can help you calm your nervous system and reduce feelings of stress and chronic fatigue keeping you awake at night, when you can’t get restful sleep, tossing and turning with insomnia.
Tea for Her
Relieves PMS symptoms
St. John’s Wort has also been used to alleviate and naturally remedy PMS symptoms, such as depression, hormonal imbalance and chronic fatigue. A study conducted by the Institute of Psychological Sciences in the United Kingdom included 36 women aged 18 – 45, having regular menstrual cycles and being diagnosed with mild PMS.
The sample was randomly assigned to either receive 900 milligrams of St. John’s Wort tablets in one day or identical placebo tablets for two menstrual periods; the group then switched doses and the next two cycles.
The women were reported on their feelings of depression, aggression, hormonal stimulation and balance daily throughout the trial using the Daily Symptom Report. The results proved that St. John’s Wort is superior to placebo in improving physical and behavioural symptoms of PMS.
However, there were no significant effects compared with a placebo in treating pain-related PMS symptoms. Further research is needed to determine whether mood symptoms and pain benefit from longer treatment duration.
Improves mood during menopause
Another curative use for St. John’s wort is its remedying effects on vegetative and psychological symptoms of menopause. A study conducted in Berlin, published by Advance in Therapy, investigated 12 weeks of treatment with St. John’s wort.
A total of 111 women, aged 43 – 65, experienced symptoms of pre and post-menopausal state, taking one 900 milligrams tablet three times a day. The severity of psychosomatic, psychological and vasomotor symptoms were recorded, showing a diminishing impact on menopausal complaints in 76 percent of the women. Additionally, sexual well-being also improved after treatment, showing that the Wort herb’s uses include providing natural menopausal relief.
Skin inflammation is usually the root cause for many diseases. When applied topically, the antibacterial properties of St. John’s Wort herb relieves symptoms associated with skin irritations, minor wounds, working as a natural treatment for eczema, a way to naturally treat haemorrhoids and a home remedy for burn relief.
Improves symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental disorder where individuals perform certain actions repeatedly, unable to control their thoughts and activities. This can be a devitalizing condition thus the data suggests the positive effects of Herbal John tea to be promising.
In a study, The Dean Foundation for Health Research and Education analysed 12 patients who were diagnosed with OCD. Provided with a fixed dose of 450 milligrams of 0.3 percent St. John’s wort twice daily, the participants were treated for a period of 12 weeks.
Significant changes were noticed within one week and continued to increase throughout the trial. The most common side effects reported were diarrhoea and restless sleep. Researchers believe that St. John’s wort can be a helpful tool in treating OCD, since improvement, during the study, began at one week and grew over time.
The dependable friend
Other than tea and tablets, St. John’s wort herb can be obtained from your local health food stores in many forms, including oil-based skin lotions, tinctures and capsules. Herbal supplements are not usually regulated, so you must make sure to take the right product for your needs. St. John’s wort tea is great healing tea, here to help you in various ways and become a close, indispensable friend.