Named after John the Baptist there are a number of theories as to why this plant has its name. Some say it was his favorite plant, others say it is due to the fact that the flowers bloom around St. John’s Day and others state it’s because of the coloring of the plant. This plant has held much folklore surrounding its use including being hung above doorways to keep away evil spirits, placed on images of religious icons to protect them, and determining when a girl would get marries. The best known traditional herbal use of St. John’s Wort is depression. Many medical studies have backed the effectiveness of this herb for depression, herbalists use St. John’s Wort in teas, tinctures, extracts, topically, and capsules.
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Hypericum perforatum is native to Europe and Asia. It is commonly known as a weed which many gardeners battle to keep away from their gardens. It is a hardy plant that will pop up along roadsides, abandoned parking lots and any field it is given the chance. Growing best in zones 3-8, sometimes all the home gardener needs to do is wait for this plant to show up. Otherwise, it can be cultivated from a cutting or seeds. It will thrive in nearly any weather yielding beautiful yellow flowers for you in July and August. Traditionally flowers are used in most scenarios, the leaves are sometimes used in teas. Leaves are best harvested in late July.
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Caution: Not to be used in cases of severe depression or mental imbalance.