St. John's wort can be rightfully considered a unique plant due to the range of useful properties. In ancient times, it was called a medicine for the 100 diseases because it was used to treat a variety of complex ailments. In this article, we will look at the useful properties of St. John's wort, learn about the possible harms and contraindications, and also disclose the several valuable recipes for the preparation and the treatment with the St. John's wort.
Description and Composition
This herb contains a huge amount of valuable substances, minerals, so necessary for our body. At the same time, the St. John's wort contains also the toxic components, which in case of improper application can have a harmful effect on our health. It is not for nothing that the grass was called "St. John's wort" because all animals try to avoid the plant since it is especially poisonous for them.
A sufficient amount of vitamin A − beta-carotene and vitamin P − routine contains in the St. John's wort. Also, in small quantities, there is the vitamin PP, nicotinic acid and a very small amount of vitamin C. As for the vitamin A, it is very useful for the health of hearing and sight organs, it has a beneficial effect on the condition of skin and hair. The vitamin C helps activate the most of the processes in the organism, helps strengthen and tonify it. Its usefulness as a vitamin is especially effective in the combination with other foods and vitamins present in the St. John's wort.
The composition also contains tannic substances that have the astringent and antibacterial properties, the essential oils and the polyunsaturated resins, which also have an antimicrobial effect, and also the saponins with the phytoncides.
Useful Properties of St. John's Wort
The use of St. John's wort is indeed very, very wide. It is assumed that, getting into the human organism, the St. John's wort gets into weakened parts of the body and begins to treat it. Therefore, the grass, if used properly, has a significant benefit for the whole organism.
The St. John's wort is useful for the digestive system − it activates the digestion, improves the appetite and the secretion of digestive juices. The plant has a choleretic effect and also significantly slows the intestinal peristalsis. At the same time, it effectively copes with the bacteria, the microbes and the parasites.
The healing properties of St. John's wort are reflected in the normalization of metabolism. For example, a decoction based on the St. John's wort is useful in the gastritis, the ulcers, the colitis, the diarrhea and the liver diseases. It activates the processes in the gallbladder, normalizes the work of the kidneys and urinary tract.
The St. John's wort is especially known for its positive effect on the nervous system. He takes part in the restoration of the functions of nerve cells and tissues, contributes to a wonderful mood and relieves tension. In addition, restores strength and energy. For girls, the St. John's wort is useful in the premenstrual period, for more adult women − it is effective in the menopause. With the help of broths and infusions on the basis of St. John's wort, the neuroses, the headache and the insomnia are treated with success. At present, the plant is a part of many antidepressant medications.
The St. John's wort positively affects on the cardiovascular system. It takes an active part in the removal of blood vessels' spasms, improves the work of heart, and also makes a blood circulation in the body more restrained and calm. The St. John's wort also has a hemostatic effect, so it is often prescribed for the prevention and the recovery in the postoperative period.
The St. John's wort also removes an inflammation of the mucosa, helps in the treatment of diseases associated with the respiratory system, as well as in a number of dental problems. A special benefit of the plant is noted in the pharyngitis, the influenza and the bronchitis, the pneumonia and the gingivitis. The St. John's wort is useful and for the women's health.
Well and summing up, it is worth noting, the useful properties of St. John's wort are also used in the treatment of joint disease, inflammation and swelling. With its help, many grandmothers normalize and improve their health; it is used as compresses for the external using too.
Harm of St. John's Wort
While the plant has some limitations and its composition includes the poisonous substances, it is worth mentioning the possible harm of the St. John's wort. First, we should include there the individual intolerance and the allergies.
Secondly, the St. John's wort can cause the severe hyper-pigmentation or the dermatological problems. Especially, when the body's skin is easily susceptible to the sunlight. Also, it should be used with the extreme caution for treating the diseases of circulatory system. An incorrect dosage can lead to a significant increase in the blood pressure.
We mentioned that the St. John's wort acts as a soothing agent. Therefore, it should not be taken by men and women before driving. Broths or infusions on the basis of St. John's wort, slow down the reaction.
Recipes, Treatment and Application of St. John's Wort
When treating the St. John's wort, one must observe the cyclical nature of its reception.
With the cystitis, you should drink every four hours for 0.5 cup of decoction, in which one cup of ground raw material is filled with 34 oz of water and boiled for 15 minutes. Seven days to drink, and seven days to rest − the body itself will show when it is healthy.
St. John's Wort Infusion
It prepares from the calculation of one tablespoon of grass for a cup of boiling water. It is enough to brew for 15-20 minutes, preferably in a water bath. The time of infusion and the amount of the plant material can be increased. The ready infusion must be filtered. Dishes for the preparation of it should be only enameled, ceramic, glass, but not metal (aluminum).
St. John's wort with acne
When a large acne eruptions on the skin of the face, the daily evening's washing of it with the infusion of St. John's wort are recommended. To do this, take one tablespoon of the chopped dried grass, pour one cup of the boiling water and leave for 20 minutes. To wash with infusion or do it every evening before going to bed, do not soak with the towel, do not rinse, let this tincture simply dry on the skin.
Purulent skin diseases
In the pustular diseases, the affected areas of skin are wiped off by the decoction of St. John's wort. To prevent the spread of infection to the healthy areas, the rinsing is carried out with a cotton disk. Soak the disk in the tincture, lightly squeeze out, treat the skin on a section with a radius of no more than 1.2 in. with wetting movements; discard the used disc, take a clean one. Repeat the entire procedure on the next skin area.