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Medicinal properties of St. John's wort herb: a remedy for 99 diseases

St. John's wort is a very famous medicinal plant, which in folk medicine has been used for a long time. It is said that he is able to cure 99 diseases. It is used both separately and as part of the collection of herbs.

Consider the plant itself St. John's wort, properties and contraindications that he has, as well as learn the basic rules for its use.

There are about a hundred species of this herb. St. John's wort is the most common (perforated in the people). According to legends, sorcerers and shamans used it in their rituals. He actively allocates red juice, because of what he was called the bloodthorn.

Hypericum can reach a meter in height, has opposite translucent leaves and veins in black. Bright yellow flowers are composed of inflorescences. They have a pleasant tart smell.

The life cycle of the plant is 7 years. It can be found anywhere in the northern hemisphere. Basically, as a remedy, they use flowers that bloom in summer. They are cut and dried. Non-dried grass is rarely used, mostly externally. In this case, the raw materials are crushed and applied to wounds or ulcers. When treating joints and lower back, honey is added to compresses.


As we now know, the composition of this unique plant includes a large number of useful and active substances. However, along with the invaluable benefit, there are also contraindications for hypericum.

It is very important to distinguish and define the boundaries between health risks and benefits. For this reason, they often simply refuse to take potent herbs. However, having made a little effort and having studied the basic rules, it will not be as difficult to take them into account as it seems at first glance.

The plant is better not to use at all hypertensive patients, as well as patients with cirrhosis of the liver and nephritis. Pregnant women and women during lactation are strictly prohibited to take it.

Allergy sufferers should be especially attentive, and when rashes and other negative reactions of the body appear, abandon hypericum.

In addition, if at this time often occur in the sun, then the likelihood of age spots is great.

Contraindications to hypericum also apply to people to whom organs have been transplanted, as their rejection may begin.

It is prohibited for people with AIDS, as the drugs taken in this disease will be neutralized.

Also in contraindications Hypericum includes manic psychosis. The plant can cause its aggravation.

Consider what are the prohibitions and indications for admission separately for men, women and children.

Features of the application for men

Special has St. John's wort healing properties and contraindications for men. Herbalists have long known that if you drink grass from time to time, there is an increase in potency. Scientists still can not understand what caused such a reaction. They only speculate that this may be due to a vasodilator and antidepressant effect. The use of a medicinal plant for cystitis and prostatitis is shown, which may also affect sexual function.

But at the same time there is another opinion, according to which there are serious contraindications for St. John's wort men. It is believed that if you take it too often, there is a big risk of getting the opposite effect, that is, reducing the potency. This is associated with the body's addiction to regular stimulation, which leads to a weakening of the natural potency. Then the sexual desire can decrease, and the erection - to weaken. Therefore, in order not to harm men's health, it is advisable to take St. John's wort no more than 1-2 times a month.

Features of the application for women

Most of this plant is consumed by representatives of the weaker sex. St. John's wort beneficial properties and contraindications for women exhibits other than for men. They can not happen temporary impotence, so they are more decisive in this matter.

Healing tea can alleviate the condition before menstruation or during menopause. The plant treats thrush, vulvitis and inflammation. In this case, it is used for douching.

Pregnant grass is contraindicated, as it can cause miscarriage. It is not recommended for women who use contraceptives.

Features of application for children

Many experts recommend in the spring-summer period and in case of children's insomnia to take St. John's wort children. Contraindications here are the same as in adults. However, it should be remembered that official medicine has not fully studied the properties of the plant. And on the child's body, any remedy has a stronger effect than on an adult.

Therefore, if the parents decide to give a decoction of this plant, you should especially carefully monitor the well-being of the child. In the presence of the slightest signs of a negative reaction, it is imperative to stop taking it.

Hypericum perforatum

Widespread in folk medicine plant. It has anti-inflammatory, astringent, sedative, antiviral effect. Not toxic. Used in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, gynecology, for the treatment of depression, treatment of wounds.

In folk medicine, it is difficult to find a medicinal plant used more often than St. John's wort, the beneficial properties and contraindications of which were described by the famous Soviet phytotherapeutist Mikhail Nosal. An experienced herbalist called the plant a remedy for ninety-nine diseases. Without him, as Mikhail Andreevich noted, the treatment of many diseases of children and adults does not cost. The plant can be used independently, but more often it is included in the complex of phytotherapeutic fees.

Features of Hypericum perforatum

By name, culture is associated with a dangerous one that can “beat animals”. In fact, the plant is absolutely safe in its natural habitat, non-toxic. Its name comes from the Kazakh term "jarabaj", which means "wound healer".

Hypericum perforatum or common member of the large family of the St. John's Wort. The term "holed" originated from the external features of culture. On its leaves specks of resinous juice are formed. Illuminated by the sun, these spots refract light in such a way that they look like holes.

Hypericum perforatum. Botanical illustration from the book of O.V. Tome "Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz", 1885.

Perennial herb has a thin, but powerful rhizome, able to germinate to great depths. Every autumn, the upper grassy part dries out and grows back in the spring. From the root rise several thin stems. At the beginning of development, they attract attention with a saturated green color, as the growing season becomes reddish-brown. The height of the stalks is different. Some bushes grow no more than forty centimeters, others go up to one meter tall.

The stem is smooth but uneven. There are periodic internodes and edges. According to the latter, you can accurately determine the type of plant. The faces of the holed hypericum are two, they are located exactly opposite, and in relation to the internodes are clearly at an angle of ninety degrees.

The question of what St. John's wort looks like is important when planning the harvesting. Culture is very similar to the closest "relatives" from the family of Mammling. Nine species grow in our country at once.

They are distinguished by a number of signs:

  • spotted - has four edges (edges) on each stem,
  • rough - the stem is covered with small hairs, but there are no ribs on it at all,
  • mountain - stem covered with sparse whitish needles, no ribs.

As the stem grows, periodic leaves cover it. They are located infrequently, strictly opposite, elliptical or oval. The leaves are small, grow up to three centimeters in length, reach one and a half centimeters in width. On the plane of their "scattered" characteristic points of resinous matter, because of which the leaves and look holey.

The flowering period of each plant is long, about one month. The general period of flowering of Hypericum falls on the summer months - from June to August. Then on the stems are formed boxes - containers of seeds. They are egg-shaped, composed of three wings. By the end of September all the stems are covered with such boxes.

Geography and distribution

Where Hypericum grows, it is well known to herbalists. This unpretentious culture is often found in sunny areas. It prefers glades, edges, meadows well lit by the sun, often side by side with young pines in the undergrowth. You can meet the grass along the roads, under the fences of summer cottages, on abandoned fields.

In Russia, it grows within the boundaries of the temperate climate zone to Siberia, Baikal and Transbaikalia. But more often grows thickets in warm regions of the Caucasus, Crimea.

In the natural environment, Hypericum perforatum grows freely and actively in the Volgograd and Pskov regions. The areas of its distribution are noted in the Krasnodar Territory, Altai and Stavropol Territory. There are also designated plantations where the crop is harvested centrally for the needs of the pharmacological industry.

Collecting and harvesting

The therapeutic properties of the herb St. John's wort largely depend on the time of its collection. The period for harvesting is determined by the time period of flowering culture until the formation of the fruit. Gather the upper part of the plant, seizing stems no longer than thirty centimeters. Hard shoots are left on the root.

While collecting, it is necessary to use pruners, scythes and other cutting tools. This is important for preserving in the earth the root system of culture, from which new shoots will develop next year. Pulling out a plant with a root leads to its extermination, reducing the population and reducing the quality of raw materials. You should also periodically keep the stalks with flowers for seed reproduction on the site.

Harvested raw material is formed into bags and bales, quickly delivered to the place of drying. They are laid out on paper under a canopy, scattered up to seven centimeters in a thin layer and left to dry. As harvesting, the grass must be agitated and turned over. St. John's Wort is ready when its stems break easily.

Decoction for the stomach

Traditionally used for the stomach, as a remedy for colitis. Decoction helps in the treatment of acute and chronic gastroenterocolitis, has a healing effect in the presence of ulcers.

  1. Put ten grams of herbs (a tablespoon with a slide) in an enamel container.
  2. Fill with boiling water of two hundred milliliters.
  3. Protome on low heat for ten minutes.

Take the tool should be up to the food in thirty minutes. Dosage is one third of a cup three times a day.

Tea for liver disease

In diseases of the liver, disorders of the movement of bile, chronic diarrhea, it is recommended to brew tea from Hypericum. The drink has astringent, bitter taste.

  1. Place a tablespoon of dried herbs in a cup.
  2. Fill with boiling water of two hundred milliliters.
  3. Leave it for ten to fifteen minutes.

Drink tea must be chilled for half an hour before meals. Take it in a quarter cup up to four times a day.

Antiseptic Infusion

Hypericum tincture has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties. The substances included in it are particularly active against staphylococci, including those resistant to penicillin. It is used for external treatment of infected, poorly healing wounds, ulcers, burn surfaces. Used to rinse in dentistry for gingivitis, stomatitis. In gynecology, it is used as an anti-inflammatory agent for vaginitis, colpitis.

  1. Place three tablespoons of raw materials in a glass bowl.
  2. Fill with boiling water of two hundred and fifty milliliters.
  3. Leave it under the lid for two hours.
  4. Strain.

Antiseptic infusion wipe the affected surface of the skin, process mucous membranes, oral cavity. For vaginal treatments, douching is performed. Infusion is used in cosmetology, as a remedy for acne, acne, oily skin. To combat inflammation, the skin is rubbed with swabs moistened with a therapeutic agent twice a day.

Cough infusion

The tool has anti-inflammatory action, it is recommended for bronchitis, tracheitis, inflammatory processes in other parts of the respiratory system.

  1. Pour a tablespoon of herbs into a cup.
  2. Fill with boiling water of two hundred and fifty milliliters.
  3. Leave to insist, strain.

According to the recommendations of herbalists, how to drink St. John's wort cough, you must take one tablespoon up to four times a day after meals. Children are recommended to take a teaspoon.

Alcohol tincture

At home, it is not prepared, use manufactured in an industrial way. The pharmaceutical industry extracts Hypericum extract from coarse grass, which is fixed with 70% alcohol in a ratio of one to ten. Used internally and externally.

Treatment of the oral cavity can fight with an unpleasant smell and strengthen the gums. To do this, rinse the mouth with a solution of thirty drops of alcoholic tincture per hundred milliliters of warm water.

Inside alcohol tincture prescribed for cystitis, enterocolitis and gallstones. Drink thirty drops, diluted in water, thirty minutes before meals three times a day.

Sealer oil

The delicate form of a healing agent for wound healing, large burn surfaces, various skin lesions.

  1. Pour into the container one part of the flowers without stems.
  2. Pour one part of alcohol (per liter jar requires two hundred and fifty milliliters of alcohol strength of forty percent).
  3. Fill with two parts of sunflower oil (half a liter of oil is needed per liter of product).
  4. Leave it for three days in a dark place.
  5. Pour into a saucepan, boil over low heat until alcohol and water evaporate completely.
  6. Strain hot.

Sealer has wound healing and antiseptic properties. Softens the skin, stimulates its regeneration. Can be used for hair as a means of stimulating growth. Lubricate the scalp with oil three times a week. After one hour, the product should be washed off with warm water and rinsed with shampoo.

Composition of Hypericum

So, let us consider, at the expense of which substances St. John's wort becomes a reliable helper during the treatment of many diseases:

    Geraniol - beneficial effect on the nervous system, helps to destroy parasites, is effective in the treatment of staphylococcus, as well as E. coli.

If we talk about St. John's wort in general, this herb has the following effects on the body:

  • eliminates depression,
  • promotes tissue regeneration
  • has a pronounced choleretic effect,
  • contributes to the removal of excess fluid from the body,
  • has an analgesic effect,
  • is antihelminthic
  • able to get rid of alcohol addiction
  • excellent antiseptic.

When is it important to use St. John's wort

Indications for use are the following states:

  • diseases of the cardiovascular system
  • rheumatism, arthritis, arthrosis,
  • muscle pain or joint pain
  • infectious, viral diseases,
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, in particular, the stomach and liver,
  • Urogenital diseases,
  • hemorrhoids,
  • depression, neurosis,
  • skin problems - acne, acne,
  • age-related changes in the form of wrinkles, loss of skin turgor,
  • seborrheic dermatitis,
  • cracks in the skin,
  • alopecia (baldness).

Consider all the items in detail.

Hypericum in dermatology and cosmetology

As mentioned above, the medicinal plant has very successfully established itself in the beauty industry. This is due to the fact that St. John's wort perfectly fights against age-related changes in the skin, such as nasolabial wrinkles, crow's feet in the eye area, loss of facial turgor. The herb is used in the fight against seborrhea, to eliminate acne and comedones.

You can use St. John's wort in the following cases:

  • very oily, or too dry skin of the face,
  • dandruff caused by seborrhea,
  • fading of skin
  • cracked heels,
  • baldness - helps prevent hair loss,
  • pustular lesions of the skin.

Before use, it is necessary to consult with a doctor - in order to know for sure whether you have an individual intolerance to medicinal herbs.

Classical medicine: scope

In official medicine, they use both dried grass itself and various drugs in which it is found.

Medicinal plant is important to apply for the following diseases:

  1. Diseases of the digestive tract. These include diarrhea, biliary tract dyskinesia, bloating, liver disease, etc.
  2. Diseases of the oral cavity, such as stomatitis, inflammation and bleeding gums, sore throat.
  3. Nervous system disorders. They prescribe Hypericum in case of insomnia, anxiety, neurosis, and depression with depression.
  4. Skin diseases. There are special preparations, which include St. John's wort. Их применяют при гнойных или инфицированных ранах, ожогах, абсцессах. Примечательно, что даже золотистый стафилококк можно вылечить с применением зверобоя – несмотря на то, что инфекция является устойчивой даже к препаратам пенициллина.

Due to the fact that the medicinal herb contains special essential oils, it is possible to normalize intestinal motility, to eliminate flatulence. Also, due to the essential oils, a choleretic effect is achieved.

Numerous clinical studies have been carried out, which proved that with the regular use of decoction of Hypericum, you can get rid of depression. It is noteworthy that you can achieve even more pronounced effect than when taking light antidepressants. In this case, the harmful effects on the liver and other organs will be much lower. The preparations, which include St. John's wort, eliminate anxious thoughts, contribute to the normalization of the general emotional state, and also improve mood.

Traditional medicine: application

Important: positive dynamics during therapy can be achieved only if the person knows for sure his diagnosis, he knows the method of treatment and is sure that he has no contraindications to the use of Hypericum. If the case is neglected or there are concomitant illnesses, in such cases traditional methods of therapy should be combined with traditional medicine, and the technique must be approved by the doctor.

Folk healers recommend the use of St. John's wort for such diseases:

  • heartburn accompanied by flatulence
  • gastritis with low or high acidity,
  • heart rhythm disturbances - tachycardia or arrhythmia,
  • burn lesions of the skin,
  • various viral and infectious diseases,
  • diseases of the central nervous system, first of all - depression,
  • sinusitis,
  • alcoholism and other addictions.

How is grass used?

Meet the Hypericum can be in the following forms:

  • tincture on alcohol,
  • tincture on water
  • decoction
  • tea with healing properties
  • ointment.

Very popular are the means, which include not only St. John's wort, but also other medicinal plants. As a result, we get a synergy effect - herbs multiply the effects of each other, which allows to heal much faster.

It is possible to make a healing broth or tincture at home - it doesn’t make much effort, and the manufacturing method is indicated on any package. You can buy St. John's wort either in bulk or in filter bags. Experts say that it is much more convenient to take a medicinal plant in bulk, because the bags are intended for the preparation of healing tea. If you know exactly what St. John's wort looks like - you can easily assemble it yourself, the plant often lives in wild conditions. However, it must be remembered that the grass should be collected away from highways, factories - there the plants are saturated with harmful substances, therefore, the decoction of them will no longer be so healing.

The collection is carried out when the plant begins to bloom. Cut the grass as close as possible to the ground. Next - you need to dry the St. John's wort. To do this, it is divided into bunches, and hang down the crown. The best option is to dry the plant under a canopy - this is due to the fact that it is necessary to avoid exposure to sunlight.

Are there any contraindications for use?

You can not use St. John's wort all the time, because it can cause the appearance of allergic reactions in the form of urticaria, and in men in some cases - impotence. Women should remember that treatment with hypericum can significantly diminish the effect of contraceptives, which is fraught with unwanted pregnancy.

Do not take medicinal herbs in large quantities, as this may cause the following negative effects:

Due to the fact that St. John's wort is negatively combined with antibiotics, you should not take tinctures and decoctions, if a person has a high temperature.

When pregnancy is not prescribed treatment of hypericum, as this can provoke a miscarriage, even in a healthy woman. Also, do not need to use this medicinal plant in the event that a person has high blood pressure.

When therapy with the use of Hypericum should observe the following precautions:

  1. You should not drink strong coffee, as well as alcoholic beverages.
  2. In order to achieve a pronounced therapeutic effect, it is desirable to eat healthy food, and smoked foods, sweets, pickles for a while to forget.
  3. Do not take St. John's wort if the doctor has already prescribed antidepressants. St. John's wort itself is such, so with therapy you can come to negative consequences. Many patients reported confusion, anxiety, anxiety, etc.
  4. Tea with the addition of Hypericum actively used in diseases such as gastritis, ulcers, cholelithiasis, etc. But it is worth remembering that everything should have its own measure - if excessive consumption of hypericum may cause stomach cramps, as well as bloating.
  5. With anesthetic drugs, St. John's wort should be used solely as prescribed by a doctor, with caution. This is due to the fact that the herb can change the effect of drugs - it will either disappear or last longer.
  6. With prolonged treatment may be constipation, bitterness in the mouth, as well as poor appetite.


Consider in what cases it is better to refuse treatment with a hunter:

  • cirrhosis of the liver,
  • nephritis,
  • when using drugs that affect blood clotting,
  • if you plan to sunbathe - the grass increases sensitivity to ultraviolet rays.

St. John's wort during pregnancy: the benefits or harm

We all know very well that women in the situation are forced to abandon medicines - due to the fact that they can cause significant harm to the fetus. That is why many future moms are turning to medicinal herbs - as you know, most of them are not dangerous, do not cause allergic reactions.

However, even at first glance, safe herbs can be detrimental to a pregnant woman. It is to this group of funds that St. John's Wort refers. Of course, this plant has a lot of positive qualities - it fights against many diseases, acts as a prophylactic agent, it can be used in complex therapy. Hypericum perfectly copes with depressive conditions, diseases of the stomach and biliary tract.

The grass contains a special substance called hyperin. That is what helps to eliminate depression and improve mood. Nicotinic acid allows you to adjust the metabolic processes, is responsible for the digestibility of the protein. Thanks to the hunter it is also possible to strengthen the walls of blood vessels. It seemed - one good for a pregnant woman, what's the catch?

The fact is that a medicinal plant has the ability to increase blood pressure - it is harmful for the future mom. But this factor is far from the main one - the grass causes uterine contractions, which may well provoke a miscarriage, or cause irreparable damage to the health of the future baby. Therefore, if there is a desire to make a child calmly and without unnecessary problems, it is better to refuse therapy with the use of Hypericum, or else to take the herb strictly according to the doctor's prescription, in no case exceeding the dosage.

Can Hypericum be used to treat children?

As we have already managed to make sure, this herb is quite useful and effective, however, it is far from everyone to treat with St. John's wort. Among the main contraindications - high blood pressure, as well as the period of pregnancy. Hence, a quite adequate question is brewing - is it possible to treat small children with decoctions and tinctures made from hypericum?

All doctors argue that it is possible to carry out therapy, but this should be done very carefully, in no case exceeding the prescribed dosage. The best option is to talk in advance with the doctor, perhaps he will prescribe a complex of herbs, due to which the concentration of Hypericum will be reduced.

For children it is useful to take St. John's wort during the harvest period - when there is a large amount of vegetables and fruits. It was at this time, thanks to weak decoctions, that stomach problems can be avoided - in children they often arise as a result of the abuse of fiber. Be sure to make sure that the baby is not allergic to the medicinal herb. Also, do not forget to consult a doctor.

Of course, St. John's wort is a medicinal plant, thanks to which you can get rid of many diseases. But it is worth remembering that everywhere you need to know the measure, and be careful - even if you use natural herbs for treatment. Do not take a decoction to people with hypertension, pregnant women, children, St. John's wort prescribed with caution. Even if you are sure that there are no contraindications - before you begin therapy, you need to consult with the doctor and make sure that you do not have an individual intolerance to the medicinal plant.


One of the most popular medicinal plants in phytotherapy is St. John's wort (Latin. Hypéricum perforátum). In the literature, there is another name for a perennial herbaceous crop - St. John's wort, and in the people it is called hare blood, red grass, ailments, Svetoyansky potion, St. John's wort.

The plant is widely distributed throughout the Eurasian continent, is found in the United States, Australia, North Africa, the Canaries and the Azores. Grown on plantations or growing as a weed along forest edges, in meadows, fields, along roads, in gardens and in gardens, ground shoots of Hypericum are harvested in the flowering phase.

For therapeutic purposes, the herb is cultivated or wild-growing Hypericum, dried at a temperature of up to 40 ° C in dryers or in well-ventilated rooms. Store medicinal raw materials in paper or cardboard packaging for 24 months. Further saving and use of Hypericum is impractical, since over time, some of the bioactive compounds in it are destroyed.

The herb of St. John's wort, due to its beneficial properties and aromatic qualities, is used not only for medical purposes, but also in the food industry for the manufacture of bitter-spicy spices for seafood dishes (mussels, shrimps, brine, oysters, crabs, lobsters, bivalves, lobsters, octopuses ), as well as in the production of alcohol, tinctures, wines, soft drinks, teas.

Useful properties of Hypericum, composition

So look like Hypericum flowers, photo

The beneficial properties and contraindications of Hypericum perforatum are provided by the compounds present in the aerial parts. Fresh and dried plant materials contain tannins, phytoncides, essential oils, saponins, bioflavonoids, mineral salts, vitamins (ascorbic acid, tocopherols).

In medical practice, the unique properties of the herb of St. John's wort are used - water extracts, spirit tinctures and plant extracts are used in traditional and folk medicine as an antiseptic, astringent, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antiharm, hemostatic, wound-healing, regenerating, and wicked, hemostatic, wound-healing, regenerating, urge-peeler, anti-aspirant, hemostatic, wound-healing, regenerating, urgeon, regenerative, urge-peebler, urge, and, in case of a target, a worm.

Medical use in official and traditional medicine

Hypericum extracts are used in gastroenterology for the following gastrointestinal diseases: gastritis, peptic ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcers, colitis, enterocolitis, diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, biliary dyskinesia, chronic and acute hepatitis, gallstones, cholecystitis.

In the dental practice, experts recommend rinsing the oral cavity in order to heal and sanitize the mucous membranes for gingivitis, stomatitis, halitosis, periodontal disease. The therapists recommend gargling with infusion and decoction of hypericum for sore throat and tonsillitis, both in the acute and in the chronic phase.

Neuropathologists and psychiatrists use the plant in the complex therapy of neurosis, depression, neurasthenia, migraine, neuralgia, disturbances of sleep and wakefulness. St. John's wort is used in urological diseases, including urethritis, cystitis, pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis.

The healing properties of the herb St. John's wort for men reliably studied and confirmed by numerous studies. Extracts of plants are actively used by phytotherapists for inflammatory phenomena in the prostate gland, as well as for the treatment of prostatitis and prostate adenoma. A short medication based on a plant stimulates potency.

St. John's wort is widely used in gynecology in patients with white and abundant menstrual flow, as well as with amenorrhea, inflammation of the appendages, external injuries of the genital organs and the cervix. Reception of a plant in the period of a menopause is effective prevention of new growths.

Dermatologists have noted an improvement in the condition of the skin with the local use of water, alcohol and oil extracts, as well as dry and fresh herb of Hypericum from acne, long-lasting wounds, cracks, burns, dermatitis, pressure sores, ulcers, abscesses, seborrhea, dandruff, alopecia, increased greasiness of skin and hair and irritations.

In folk medicine, there are methods of treatment with extracts from hypericum pathologies of the musculoskeletal system: arthritis, radiculitis, sciatica, articular rheumatism, and muscle pain. Crushed plant materials are applied topically to heal wounds. Alcohol extract take orally for rheumatic diseases.

Separately, you should stay on the oil extract from the grass. It is made by hot or cold extraction of fresh shoots of a medicinal plant drenched in vegetable oil (unrefined olive or sunflower). The product is sold in a pharmacy or prepared at home.

Hypericum oil has unique healing properties (regenerating, anti-allergic, resolving, anti-edematous, angiotonic, anti-sclerotic, vessel-strengthening, antiviral, anti-seborrheic) and can be used as an independent product for local application or to act as a basic basis for essential oils and enrichment products, as well as enrichment products.

Indispensable St. John's wort and in cosmetology. Plant extract can often be found in cosmetics for the face, body and hair. Oil, tincture, infusions and decoctions are used at home to improve the condition of the skin, adding the listed elixirs to lotions, rinses, masks, creams, massage mixtures. With proper use with the help of the butter, you can stimulate the formation of sunburn.

St. John's wort: preparation and reception

A tablespoon of dried Hypericum is steamed in a thermos with a glass of boiling water, left for 4 hours, filtered. Take the elixir 15 ml three times a day before meals for 14-20 days. The same regimen for the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the genital sphere in men and women.

For the treatment of depressive states, it is recommended to use 1/3 cup of infusion twice a day for 15 days. For other pathologies, the doctor should prescribe the dosage taking into account the age, condition of the patient and the individual characteristics of the organism.

Spirit tincture of Hypericum: reception features

For 1 part of vegetable raw materials (dried), 5 parts of diluted in half with distilled water of medical alcohol or plain but quality vodka are taken. Means insist in a bottle of dark glass with a ground-in lid in a shaded place for 10 days, not forgetting to stir the suspension several times a day.

The filtered liquid is stored at room temperature and take 30 drops, added in 15 ml of drinking water, during lunch for 10 days. The medicine helps against depression, the effects of stroke, neurosis, insomnia. For nervous disorders and dizziness, the tincture is drunk in the same dosage, but before lunch, for 2 weeks.

Hypericum tincture can be used to improve the condition of the hair, rubbing it into the scalp every night before going to bed, and also to disinfect the skin covered with acne, especially if there is bleeding and pyogenic acne.

Caution, there are contraindications!

In order not to harm health and get a lasting therapeutic effect from the treatment of herbal herbs with St. John’s wort, brew and take teas, infusions and decoctions preferably after consulting with an experienced doctor. This advice is especially relevant in the presence of serious chronic diseases and taking certain medications, for example, antidepressants, antibiotics, heart medications, supportive HIV medications, oral contraceptives.

Due to the presence of weakly toxic compounds in the plant, treatment with all types of preparations based on it should be limited in time. Uncontrolled intake can cause an overdose and provoke side effects, including skin flushing, urticaria, pain in the right hypochondrium, temporary loss of male strength (impotence). Abuse of strong infusions and teas leads to abdominal cramps and painful sensations in the stomach.

Следует учитывать, что внутреннее и наружное использование средств на основе зверобоя, повышает чувствительность кожи и слизистых оболочек к ультрафиолетовому воздействию (эффект фотосенсибилизации), поэтому, при лечении растительным сырьем, следует минимизировать пребывание под солнечными лучами или использовать средства для защиты кожи с высоким УФ-фактором и ни в коем случае не посещать солярий.

Безусловными противопоказаниями к употреблению зверобоя считаются следующие состояния:

  • индивидуальная непереносимость и склонность к аллергии,
  • skin sensitivity,
  • persistent hypertension,
  • photodermatitis or the need for a long presence in the open sun,
  • pregnancy and lactation,
  • age up to 12 years
  • severe liver disease,
  • endogenous depression.

Based on the foregoing, we can conclude: despite the many beneficial properties of Hypericum perforatum, treatment with its drugs should be approached thoughtfully, without neglecting the advice of experienced professionals.

What is St. John's wort grass

Common St. John's wort belongs to the family of Animal Wrestling. This is a herbaceous plant with the botanical name Hypericum and the popular blood of a hare, red grass, disease. Long since St. John's wort was popularly known in folk medicine and was used as a medicine for various diseases. Its medicinal properties are broad, it has antibacterial, healing and anti-inflammatory effects.

Plant description

St. John's wort is a grass reaching a height of up to 80 cm. It has a thin branching rhizome and many adventitious roots. Stems erect, branched bare, thin dihedral. The leaves are small oval or oblong, entire. Located opposite each other, sitting deep on the stalk. On the leaves you can see black dots. The flowers are golden-yellow with black dots, gathered in thick shells. The fruit is a three-sided box with three leaves and small seeds inside.

The grass blooms in summer, from June to August. You can find it in the meadows, forest edges, in sparse forests of deciduous and pine trees, on the slopes of sand. Occurs in clearings, fallow lands, grows in the southern half of the Northern Hemisphere, in forest and forest-steppe zones. For the European part of Russia, St. John's wort and four-sided are characteristic. Both perennial plants are considered healing. Harvest raw materials after full bloom. Cut the stems near the ground, bundled and dried in the air in the shade. Only the terrestrial part of the herb has healing properties.

Medicinal properties of Hypericum

Due to such an active rich composition of the herb has healing properties. From her make broths, tinctures and extracts, which have the following effects on the body:

  • water infusions treat heart diseases, rheumatism, cold, flu, headaches,
  • decoction of Hypericum helps with diseases of the liver, stomach, bladder, urinary incontinence, hemorrhoids, gynecological problems,
  • infusions and decoctions can be used internally for inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, gargle them for stomatitis and gingivitis,
  • ointments and oils eliminate burns, boils, boils, ulcers, erosion, mastitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes.

What helps

In classical and traditional medicine, St. John's wort grass is used with its healing properties in the treatment of the following diseases:

  1. With a cold - eliminates pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchitis, sore throat. You can drink or gargle, make lotions on the chest.
  2. Hypericum in gynecology - regulates hormones in men and women, normalizes the female cycle, treats inflammation of the sexual sphere. It is useful for men because it strengthens the potency.
  3. For women in age - prevents early onset of menopause, compensates for the lack of female sex hormones, eliminates hot flashes.
  4. When pains in the intestines - treats diarrhea due to astringent and disinfecting action.
  5. For the stomach - helps with bloating, colic, suppresses putrefactive processes in the intestines, ferments in the stomach. When gallstone disease removes stones. Eliminates gastritis, hepatitis, cholecystitis and pancreatitis, helps with ulcers.
  6. As a sedative - the herb is a powerful natural antioxidant, enhances the production of serotonin, suppresses depression.
  7. Strengthening the immune system - eliminates viruses and bacteria, enhances the natural defenses of the body.
  8. Skin diseases - helps to accelerate the healing of wounds, ulcers, burns. Whitens the skin, eliminates age spots.

Application of Hypericum

Broths, herbal Hypericum with other plants, extracts and tinctures are used in the treatment of diseases:

  • gastritis with severe pains - herbal decoction,
  • heartburn - collection with dried yarrow,
  • vitiligo - skin loss of melanin, the formation of white spots, an infusion is used for wiping, ointment from flowers,
  • sinusitis - decoction is used as a washing, instillation of drops into the nasal passages,
  • cholecystitis - stimulation of bile is promoted by an infusion of herbs, taken orally,
  • alcoholism - will help conscious reception of a decoction, which will cause a feeling of disgust for alcohol,
  • depression - taking the infusion is more effective, has fewer contraindications and side effects than chemical antidepressants.

In folk medicine

Traditional medicine healers and herbalists warn that using herbs to cure diseases is possible only with a confirmed diagnosis. Before therapy, consult your doctor to consider possible contraindications and complications. Difficult neglected diseases cannot be corrected only by treatment with grass; classic medicines will also have to be used. Traditional medicine suggests using the plant in the following cases:

  • St. John's wort with a cold
  • gastritis, heartburn, heart palpitations,
  • gallstone disease, inflammation of the gallbladder,
  • viral hepatitis,
  • arthritis, joint pain,
  • skin infections, burns,
  • mental illness
  • sinusitis, alcohol,
  • helminthic invasions.

In official medicine

In the official medical practice using dry raw materials and drugs based on it. Apply a plant with healing properties in the following cases:

  • bleeding gums, sore throat, stomatitis,
  • hypotension of the gallbladder, hepatitis, cholecystitis, abdominal distension,
  • reduced acidity of the stomach,
  • neurasthenia and insomnia, increased anxiety,
  • purulent skin diseases - abscesses, phlegmon, infected wounds, burns,
  • violation of intestinal motility, flatulence, diarrhea,
  • elimination of manifestations of depression.

In cosmetology

St. John's wort is actively used in cosmetology, because it has anti-inflammatory, tonic, anti-aging and anti-seboric effects. An herb with healing properties is used in the following cases:

  • acne - daily evening wash infusion,
  • increased skin fatness - rubbing the skin with a strong herb decoction, a mask of steamed leaves,
  • wilting, wrinkles - ice rubbing and lotion with vodka from broth,
  • pustular skin diseases - lotions from grass decoction,
  • baldness, dandruff - taking infusion inside,
  • cracked heels - treatment recipes: foot baths.

Folk recipes

In Russia, the plant was called a cure for 99 ailments. You can make tea from it, drink it for ailments, the infusion of herbs helps with colds, pains in the heart, has a tonic effect. Medicinal properties are infusions, decoctions, alcohol extracts and extracts. Hypericum ointment is also useful - it is made from juice evaporated by half, mixed with butter in a ratio of 1: 4. The resulting product lubricates the skin with burns.

Decoction of plants

To prepare the broth, it is recommended to take the melt water without any extra impurities. Take 1.5 tablespoons of herbs, pour a glass of hot water. Transfer to an enamel or glass dish, warm in a water bath. Do not boil, but only hold for 20-30 minutes, cool. The resulting decoction is used externally for washing and rubbing the skin, rinsing the hair. Inside it can be used for intestinal infections, diarrhea, rheumatism, gastroenteritis, hemorrhoids. Dosage - one third of a glass 3 r / day for half an hour before meals.

A mixture of plants with other herbs, if not contraindicated, is used in the treatment of failures in the digestive tract. Equal proportions with flowers of cumin sandy, wheatgrass roots and buckthorn bark pour 0.5 liters of hot water, boil for 10 minutes over low heat and filter. Taking 100 ml of 5 p / day, you can get rid of liver disease and gallbladder.

To make the infusion, take two tablespoons of freshly chopped herbs or a dry table, pour 200 ml of boiling water. Insist 3-4 hours in the dark. Taking 15 ml of 3 p / day before meals will help to normalize the acidity of gastric juice, eliminate colitis, cystitis, gastritis. Infusion improves venous blood circulation, increases blood pressure. It can be used for gargling, douching for diseases of the cervix and vagina.

Botanical description of Hypericum

One of the most effective in therapeutic practice of plants - St. John's wort, or ordinary. This healing herb grows up to 30–70 cm, blooms in June-August with small yellow flowers. The most favorable habitats are bright forest glades and dry meadows. For therapeutic purposes, use leafy tops of plants with inflorescences. It is best to collect them from the very beginning of flowering, since during this period the content of useful substances is maximum.

In nature, there are several types of herbs called St. John's wort. There are shrubs with the same name, and even small trees. In folk medicine, St. John's wort (holed) and St. John's wort are used. They differ both externally and healing properties very slightly.

In the Middle Ages, it was common belief that St. John's wort is able to protect against evil spirits, ghosts and witches. He was put to the child in the crib or hung to the cradle. It was believed that the baby would have good dreams in this way, and the devilry would not frighten him.

On the fresh grass of the Hypericum girls wondered on love: crushed stalks in their hands, if the juice appeared red - that feeling was mutual, if it was colorless - that the elect was indifferent.

Hypericum took the travelers with them on the road, it was believed that he would protect against the attack of wild animals and robbers.

There are many legends about the origin of Hypericum. So, in Christian nations, its appearance is associated with the death of John the Baptist. When he was beheaded, a St. John's wort grew on the spot of drops of blood falling to the ground. Therefore, according to the Slavic tradition, this plant is called "Ivan's blood."

The composition and beneficial properties of Hypericum

In St. John's wort many useful substances, so that he has healing properties. The plant contains flavone compounds (rutin, quercetin, etc.), ascorbic and nicotinic acids, saponins, sugars, carotene, tocopherol, hypericin, cetyl alcohol, choline, hyperoside, phytoncides, essential oils, tannins, bitter substances. Curative components allow using this medicinal plant quite widely. It is used as an antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, wound healing, antirheumatic, diuretic, choleretic, astringent, anthelmintic, and also as a regenerating drug.

Since ancient times, they used infusions from the herb of Hypericum, cooked in water, to treat heart diseases, rheumatism, colds, flu, headaches, liver, stomach, bladder, bedwetting, hemorrhoids, and inflammation of the female genital organs.

And only recently, medical scientists have discovered another useful property of Hypericum. As shown by clinical studies, the plant has a positive effect on the nervous system and has an antidepressant effect. This makes St. John's wort more valuable because it has almost no contraindications and does not cause side effects, in contrast to sedative drugs of chemical origin.

Consider the composition of Hypericum more:

Tocopherol is vitamin E, which is necessary to protect the body from the destructive effects of free radicals,

Carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. It is necessary for the proper functioning of the eyes, the renewal of skin cells, the fight against viruses and bacteria,

Tannins help cleanse wounds from infection, relieve inflammation, accelerate healing,

Nicotinic acid is essential for proper functioning of the heart and nervous system,

Vitamin C boosts immunity, promotes restoration and renewal of cartilage, ligaments, supports skin turgor, prevents normal cells from regenerating into cancer cells,

Hypericin and hyperforin are special substances that have an antidepressant effect,

Hyperoside and rutin strengthen the walls of blood vessels

Phytoncides are plant-based antibiotics that have a powerful antimicrobial effect.

Such a combination of biologically active substances in the composition of the medicinal plant allows its use in the treatment of many diseases.

Hypericum in cosmetology

This healing herb is well established in the beauty industry. It has anti-inflammatory, toning, anti-aging and anti-seboric effects.

St. John's wort is successfully used for:

Increased oily skin,

Wilting and wrinkles

Baldness and dandruff,

Pustular skin diseases,


In case of heavy acne on the face, daily evening washings with extract of Hypericum are recommended. To do this, take 1 tablespoon of chopped dried herbs, pour 1 cup boiling water and leave for 20 minutes. It is necessary to wash the infusion every night before going to bed, do not get wet with a towel, do not rinse it, let it dry on the skin.

Increased oily skin

If the skin quickly appears greasy shine, you will help a strong decoction of Hypericum. Two tablespoons of dried herbs need to pour one glass of boiling water, put on a slow fire and cook for 10 minutes. After cool, strain and wipe the face with a cotton pad, let it dry, rinse with cool water.

You can make a mask of steamed herb Hypericum. To do this, two tablespoons of raw materials is poured with four spoons of boiling water, stirred, allowed to infuse. The resulting slurry impose cleanly washed face, avoiding the area around the eyes. Keep the mask should be 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Do no more than two times a week.

Wilting and wrinkles

Ice rubbing and St. John's wort based lotion will help restore skin tone. For ice rubbing, it is necessary to prepare the decoction of Hypericum (see recipe above), cool, strain and freeze, pouring into special molds for ice. Every morning after washing it is recommended to wipe the face and décolleté with a piece of such ice.

For the manufacture of lotion, you need to mix 1 cup of infusion of Hypericum (see recipe above) and mix with 1 tablespoon of vodka. Wipe face and neck after washing in the evening before bedtime.

Pustular skin diseases

In case of pustular diseases, the skin is rubbed with a decoction of hypericum. To prevent the spread of infection to healthy areas, washing is performed using a cotton pad. The disc should be moistened with broth, slightly squeezed, with a soaking motion, process the skin on a site with a radius of no more than 3 cm, discard the used disc, take a clean one. Repeat the whole procedure on the next skin area.

Heel cracks

To facilitate the condition shown foot baths. To do this, cook 2 liters of broth at the rate of 4 tablespoons of chopped herbs per 0.5 liters of boiling water, cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Pour into a small basin, cool to a temperature of 45 degrees (hot, but tolerable), lower the legs and keep the broth to cool.

Hunter Treatments: The Best Recipes

It is very important to remember that this medicinal plant can seriously harm, and in order to understand this, it is enough to read the name carefully. Therefore, before starting treatment, it is best to consult a doctor. As a rule, fresh grass is used as an external agent. For this, the leaves and inflorescences are crushed, which promotes the healing of wounds, ulcers and bruises, and are used as lotions to sore spots - for example, in case of allergies, rashes, as well as after insect bites. You can add a little honey and use the plant as bandages to treat joints or lower back.

Rarely use fresh juice from Hypericum. Since it is difficult to get the right amount of juice, infusions, tinctures, decoctions, ointments and oil are more often prepared.

St. John's wort infusion: to prepare the infusion, you must take 2 tablespoons of crushed fresh herbs or 1 tablespoon dry, and pour 200 ml of boiling water over it. Insist for 3-4 hours in a dark place, after which the agent can be consumed 15 ml 3 times daily before meals to get rid of gastritis, normalize the acidity of gastric juice, with colitis, cystitis, gallstone disease, headache to improve venous circulation, increase blood pressure, etc. With colds or infections of the oral cavity use a rinse from the extract of Hypericum. For the treatment of inflammation on the skin prepare lotions or compresses with the same tool. Infusion is used to treat skin diseases in children, adding it to the bath when bathing.

Decoction Hypericum: it is used in almost the same way as the infusion. To prepare the broth, you need an enamel pan or dishes from heat-resistant glass. Take 1.5 tablespoons of herbs and pour it with a glass of hot water. After that, the container with brewed grass is heated in a water bath for 20–30 minutes, but not boiled. Decoction Hypericum used externally for washing, rubbing the skin, rinsing hair, inside - with intestinal infections, diarrhea.

Настойка зверобоя: Настаивают траву зверобоя на водке или спирту в соотношении 1:7 или 1:10, оставляют в тёмном месте на трое суток или более. Употреблять препарат следует, смешивая с водой: одна чайная ложка на 50 мл воды. Используют такое лекарство также для полоскания полости рта и для ингаляций. Очень эффективна спиртовая настойка в качестве согревающего компресса при мышечных или суставных болях.

For external use prepare an ointment or oil. This tool helps to heal wounds, ulcers, bruises, sprains, etc. Prepare the ointment by mixing animal fat, vaseline or fatty baby cream with evaporated St. John's wort or powder from dry grass.

Hypericum oil: it can be prepared as follows: take one piece of flowers and draw in two parts of olive, almond or peach oil for three weeks. This drug is used as an oil compress for the treatment of ulcers, burns or wounds.

To prepare the medicine, you can take the usual vegetable oil, add dried grass and insist for 5 days (in the ratio 1: 1.5). If the healing oil is prepared on the basis of fresh herbs, then keep the proportions of 1: 1. In the villages of Siberia, this oil is widely used to treat gums and oral mucosa (in the case of stomatitis or gingivitis).

Hypericum tea It is prepared in the same way as a hot infusion. In the teapot poured 1 teaspoon of Hypericum and poured 1 cup of boiling water. Linden color, a spoon of honey or a handful of strawberries may be added to tea. Tea is used not as a therapeutic, but as a prophylactic agent to strengthen the immune system.

There are many recipes of traditional medicine, which are based on Hypericum. Here are the best ones.

Treatment of stomach with hypericum

If gastritis is accompanied by severe pain, it is possible to use herbal. For the preparation of the infusion will need one part of the herb meadowsweet, nettle and St. John's wort. Herbs need to be folded in a dry jar, mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Then take 1 tablespoon of the mixture, pour into the teapot and pour 200 ml of boiling water. Insist 1 hour. Drink half a cup 5 times a day before meals.

If heartburn worries along with gastritis, then a collection of plants will help: 1 tablespoon of St. John's wort, dried feasts, yarrow. All ingredients pour 1 liter of water. Let it brew for 2 hours, take half a cup half an hour before meals or when heart attack has begun.

Treatment of vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disease in which, for unknown reasons, the skin loses its pigment, melanin, in certain areas, and white spots appear round in this place. In severe cases, they slowly grow, merging with each other and capturing more and more new areas of the body. Vitiligo is most commonly exposed to exposed skin: face, neck, decollete, hands. Spots do not hurt and do not itch.

For a long time, St. John's wort has been used to treat vitiligo. In the fight against this disease, an infusion of herbs and ointment were used:

Infusion for the treatment of vitiligo. To prepare the infusion, you need to take 1 teaspoon of dried herb St. John's wort, put in a earthenware kettle, pour 1 cup boiling water, leave to infuse for half an hour, drain. Take 1 tablespoon in the morning, at lunch, in the evening before going to bed for 3 weeks. After an 8-day break, repeat the treatment. Do so until the total number of courses is 8,

Ointment for the treatment of vitiligo. Collect fresh flowers of Hypericum, well rammed into a glass jar "on the hanger". Pour cold-pressed vegetable oil, preferably olive oil, as much as it takes. Expose in the sun for 2 weeks. Again, collect fresh flowers of Hypericum, tightly tamped in a jar, pour pressed oil from the first portion. Insist 2 weeks. Again, collect the flowers in the jar and pour pressed oil from the second portion. Do this 5 times. By the end, the vegetable oil will turn into a thick, viscous liquid resembling a cream. They need to lubricate the spots of vitiligo 1 time per day, leave until fully absorbed. Rinse off residue after 30 minutes with warm water.

Treatment of sinusitis with hypericum

For the treatment of sinusitis with Hypericum will need a decoction of this herb (see recipe above). Before rinsing, drip vasoconstrictor drops into the nose in order to relieve swelling and give healing water to the nasal sinuses.

Rinse the nasal cavity with warm decoction of Hypericum 3 times a day. After the procedure, take a good look at both nostrils at once. The course of treatment is 7 days. Washing can be done with a syringe without a needle. Bend the head over the sink, draw a decoction into the syringe and insert it into the nostril. The spitting liquid is spitting.

Liver Treatment with Hypericum

With stagnation in the gallbladder, cholecystitis, it is necessary to stimulate the secretion of bile. St. John's wort infusion will cope well with this task (see the recipe above). In the morning after waking up, drink 0.5 glass of infusion on an empty stomach. Half an hour to have breakfast. During the day, take 2 tbsp. l after each meal, but not more than 5 times a day. Duration of treatment is 7 days.

Treatment of gastritis with St. John's wort

Infusion of the plant is good for exacerbation of gastritis. To prepare the infusion, you will need 1 tablespoon or 1 filter package of the herb St. John's wort, brew them in a glass dish with 1 cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for about 1 hour. Drink 15 ml (1 tablespoon) before each meal.

Alcoholism treatment with hypericum

To evoke a sense of disgust for alcohol with the help of Hypericum prepare a strong broth. Four tablespoons of chopped dry grass pour 2 cups boiling water, heated in a water bath for half an hour. Cool it down. Drink 2 tablespoons in the morning and evening before meals. Reception should be conscious, that is, the effect will not be if you add a decoction to food without the knowledge of the patient. The course of treatment is 14 days.

Treatment for Depression with Hypericum

Since those components of the medicinal plant that have an anti-depressive effect are poorly soluble in water, the best medicine for treating anxiety and mood disorders is tincture of Hypericum. You can cook it at home. The recipe is written above. To get rid of depression take 10-12 drops of tincture 3 times a day before meals. Duration of treatment is 1 month.

Contraindications and side effects of Hypericum

St. John's wort is a low toxic plant. If this herb is used for a long time, there may be discomfort in the liver, sometimes a feeling of bitterness in the mouth.

The main side effects and contraindications are:

Photosensitization is the increased sensitivity of the skin to ultraviolet radiation. Therefore, those who receive treatment with St. John's wort should not stay in direct sunlight for a long time.

The plant causes an increase in blood pressure, so patients with hypertension should consult a doctor before starting treatment with this herb.

Substances contained in St. John's wort can cause rejection of the transplanted organ. Therefore, patients who have undergone an organ transplant or transplant graft should not use drugs based on this plant.

Women taking birth control pills should remember that St. John's wort reduces their contraceptive effect, so unwanted pregnancies may occur,

Prolonged use of this medicinal plant can cause a weakening of potency in men, which passes after discontinuation of the drug,

Drinking decoctions and infusions of Hypericum more than 1 month in a row can cause an increase in the liver,

In patients with mental illness, this herb can cause exacerbation of manic syndrome. The same effect can occur when you take Hypericum at the same time as other antidepressants. Patients may begin hallucinations, convulsions, confusion, in severe cases, coma may occur,

Do not take St. John's wort simultaneously with antibiotics, as it contributes to a more rapid removal of drugs from the body, as a result of which the effect of antimicrobial therapy decreases,

Another important note: St. John's wort is able to halve the blood level of a very important AIDS medicine called Indinavir. Given this circumstance, people with AIDS should not use St. John's wort. In addition, the plant significantly reduces the effect of anticoagulants and cardiac drugs, therefore, it is better not to use it with these drugs,

Older people who apply modern antidepressants should be taken very carefully. The combination of this medicinal herb with antidepressants can lead to dizziness, confusion, anxiety and migraine attacks,

You must be careful about the use of Hypericum to people who need anesthesia, as this plant can prolong or enhance the effects of some painkillers. Therefore, before the introduction of anesthesia is very important to inform the doctor about the use of Hypericum. Recent studies of plants have shown that some components of the plant also has a negative effect on the optic nerve.

Can I use St. John's wort during pregnancy?

Since this plant is famous for its healing properties, very often the question arises, can expectant mothers use it? It is strictly contraindicated to use St. John's wort when carrying a child and breastfeeding, as St. John's wort can adversely affect the course of pregnancy, and also gives a bitter taste to breast milk.

External use in the form of ointments, rinsing, washing allowed for women in any period of gestation.

Article author: Sokolova Nina Vladimirovna | Phytotherapist

Education: A diploma in medicine and treatment was obtained at the NI Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Advanced training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Moscow University of Peoples' Friendship (2008).

Admission Rules

Hypericum accept, following the following recommendations:

  1. The course starts with a minimum amount, checking the reaction of your body.
  2. It can last no more than 3 weeks. Then you need to take a break.
  3. Long stay in the sun is prohibited.
  4. In no case should not exceed the recommended dose.
  5. It is contraindicated to drink the herb at the same time with pharmaceutical drugs.
  6. Before anesthesia, the reception of the plant is also prohibited.

Several Hypericum recipes

Often the plant is used for skin care. From it make decoctions, lotions, add to masks and creams. When oily and porous skin infusion, you can simply freeze, then wipe the skin with ice. For dry skin cream is prepared from it by adding butter and lemon juice.

Alcohol is required for making tinctures. In the capacity stack up to the top flowers, and then poured with alcohol. Within 2 weeks, the tool should be stored in a dry dark place, after which it is filtered and taken in a diluted form, in a 1: 5 ratio. Store the tincture should also be in a dark place.

Hypericum oil is very useful. You can cook it like this. One part of dried flowers and leaves is crushed and filled with vegetable oil. Before use, the mixture should stand for 3 weeks in a dark place.


Despite the fact that there are strict contraindications of Hypericum, and there are many of them, with proper, careful application, you can achieve excellent results. Of course, women take it much more often. But even on men, if used properly, the medicinal plant can have a beneficial effect.

Drug "Novoimanin"

It is an extract of Hypericum in the form of a reddish-yellow oily mass. It smells like honey. It has antibacterial activity, and therefore is used to treat infectious diseases. When sinusitis is used to treat the sinuses in the form of a ten percent solution, it is prepared from the calculation: one part of the drug in ten parts of distilled water.

It is also recommended to use an antiseptic solution for the treatment of non-healing wounds, treatment of nipple cracks.

Indications for use of Hypericum herb

  • Heart disease (see causes of pain in the heart area),
  • Rheumatism (see rheumatoid arthritis),
  • Muscle and joint pain (see pain relief injections),
  • Flu and SARS,
  • Diseases of the digestive tract, especially of the liver and stomach,
  • Pathology of the bladder, urinary incontinence,
  • Hemorrhoids (see candles for hemorrhoids),
  • Inflammatory processes of the female genital organs,
  • Depressive states (see antidepressants),
  • Fading skin, flabbiness of the skin, dry skin,
  • Seborrhea, oily skin (see seborrheic dermatitis),
  • Acne (see how to get rid of acne),
  • Alopecia (see hair loss treatment),
  • Cracks in the skin (see cracks in the hands).

Recipes of traditional medicine

St. John's wort is used in the form of tincture, infusion, decoction and tea, as well as oils that are easy to prepare at home. The raw material is dried herb of the plant, purchased at a pharmacy or harvested independently.

To prepare it, take 30 grams of fresh minced Hypericum or 15 grams of dry raw material, pour 200 ml of boiling water and incubate for 4 hours in the dark, filter.

  • Take 15 ml before meals three times a day for gastritis, increased acidity of gastric juice, cystitis, colitis, gallstones, hypotension, menstrual pain and diseases of the female genitalia.
  • For the treatment of diseases of the liver and gallbladder every day for 7 days take 0.5 cup of infusion on an empty stomach. You can have breakfast in half an hour. Then during the day take 2 tbsp. infusion after each meal.
  • For the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity, rinse with extract of St. John's wort.
  • To eliminate inflammation on the skin, vitiligo makes daily lotions with infusion.
  • Acne treatment involves daily, morning and evening wash infusion.
  • For the treatment of alopecia, one third of a glass of infusion is taken 10 minutes before meals twice a day for 14 days.
  • Skin non-communicable diseases in children pass away faster if you bathe children in the bath with extract of Hypericum.

One and a half tablespoons of Hypericum herb is poured with a glass of hot water and heated the mixture in a water bath for about half an hour, stirring, then filter. The scheme and scope of application is similar to that of the infusion.

  • Broth, in addition to the above pathologies, helps in the treatment of intestinal infections.
  • It is used to treat sinusitis as a fluid for washing the sinuses at least 3 times a day.
  • For the treatment of cracks on the heels, make fifteen-minute foot bath at the rate of 1 liter of broth per 3 liters of water.
  • To improve skin tone, remove fine wrinkles, decoction is frozen in ice tins and tonic wipes are done in the morning and evening before basic care is applied.
  • It is used to treat chronic alcoholism if the person wants to get rid of craving for alcohol. Strong broth - 4 tbsp. 400 ml of boiling water is poured over the dry St. John's wort and left for half an hour in a water bath, cooled. Take 2 tbsp. morning and evening before meals at least 14 days.

One part of dry grass is poured with seven parts of vodka or diluted medical alcohol, left for three days in a dark place. Apply in a mixture with water: 1 tsp. tincture diluted in 50 ml of water. Scope of application: rinsing of an oral cavity, inhalation, the warming compress.

In the usual teapot pour no more than 1 tsp. dry grass and pour 1 cup boiling water. To improve taste, you can add dry berries, lime blossom, jam, or honey. Tea is used as a prophylactic agent, as well as strengthening the immune system during its seasonal decline or after illness.

Hypericum oil

There are several recipes for making butter:

  • With inflammations of the oral mucosa

Dried grass in a ratio of 1: 1.5 insist on vegetable oil for about 5 days. The finished product is used to treat diseases of the oral mucous membranes, including bacterial infections (gingivitis, stomatitis, angina).

Fresh flowers of Hypericum (30 g) are crushed in a mortar, pour 2 cups of olive oil, stir and pour into a container of light glass, leave it for 5 days in a warm place without closing (for fermentation), stirring occasionally. Then cover with a lid and leave for 5 weeks in the sun. By week 6, the oil should turn bright red. The water layer should be separated and poured into a container of dark glass. Ingested for 1 teaspoonful in the morning and in the evening are butter for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (gastritis, gastric ulcer and 2 duodenal ulcer).

  • For external use

One part of dried flowers is infused in two parts of vegetable oil (olive, sunflower, almond) for 3 weeks. The finished oil is used to prepare oil compresses for healing, ulcers, burns or wounds at the regeneration stage, for lumbago (shooting-chamber), rheumatoid arthritis, for insect bites, as well as for rejuvenating fading facial skin as a weekly care.

One part of the evaporated extract or dry powder of Hypericum is mixed with two parts of vaseline. Used for grinding in the treatment of sprains, bruises, myalgias.

Treatment with St. John's Wort - official medicine

St. John's wort is used as a herbal medicine from a dry herb of a plant, and also acts as a component of medicines. The following pathologies are indicated in the indications for the use of dry herb Hypericum:

  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and biliary tract (dyskinesia, increased flatulence, hepatitis, cholecystitis, diarrhea),
  • inflammatory processes of the oral mucosa (pharyngitis, tonsillitis, stomatitis, gingivitis),
  • депрессивные состояния — в многочисленных исследованиях подтверждена высокая и более стойкая эффективность препаратов зверобоя для лечения депрессивных расстройств в сравнении с действием традиционных антидепрессантов синтетического происхождения (Имипрамин, Амитриптилин).

Food supplements, herbal preparations based on raw materials of Hypericum for the treatment of depressive states and anxiety disorders improve mood and eliminate anxiety without causing drowsiness and lethargy, i.e. can be used when necessary precision work and driving.