A Quick Guide To St. John's Wort

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

What is it?

Perhaps you’ve seen St. John’s Wort at a health food store, or on the supplements aisle. But do you know what it actually is?

St. John’s Wort is a flowering plant more formally known as hypericum perforatum. It’s native to Europe but modernly grows in a variety of places including the U.S. and Canada. It’s been used in herbal medicine to provide relief for a variety of symptoms for over 2,000 years! (1)

What is it used for modernly?

Depression - Extensive research has been conducted to better understand the role that St. John’s Wort can play on depression. Some studies concluded that using the supplement can help combat symptoms from mild to moderate depression and anxiety. In fact, it can be as effective for some patients as commonly prescribed antidepressants. (1,2) 

Menopause  - One study done on menopausal women aged 43 to 65 involved taking 900 mg of St. John’s Wort, three times day. The researchers found an improvement in a variety of common menopausal symptoms. In fact, in 76% of the women, menopausal complaints decreased or went away completely. (1)

Wound & Skin Healing - St. John’s Wort can be used topically to treat superficial burns, skin conditions like eczema, and hemorrhoids. The supplement has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can help calm inflamed and irritated skin.(1)

How to use it?

St. John’s Wort supplements come in a variety of forms including teas, pills, liquids and topicals. (2)  As with any supplement, it’s best to start slow when integrating St. John’s Wort into your routine, to see how your body reacts.

Dosing recommendations vary based on each individual and the symptoms you are working to treat. It’s important to do some individualized research to determine the right way to begin using St. John’s Wort.

Are there potential side effects?

St. John’s Wort is considered to be generally safe when taken in the correct doses. However, some people experience unwanted side effects including agitation, dizziness, headache and insomnia to name a few. (2)

If you are under the care of a physician or taking prescription medications, you should check with your doctor before adding St. John’s Wort into your healthcare routine. The herb can interact with a variety of prescription medications including but not limited to antidepressants, anxiety medications and oral contraceptives. (2) 

What other options do you have?

If you’re looking for natural ways to improve depression or mood, consider giving our Dead Sea magnesium supplements a try! Increasing your magnesium intake can help with anxiety, depression, insomnia and more. Plus, if you use our magnesium bath flakes, a warm relaxing soak in the tub can do wonders for your mood.



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