Grass of St. John’s wort is a medicinal plant, which has found application in folk medicine as a curative remedy for treating various diseases.
The plant is used to make infusions, decoctions, rinses according to ancient recipes.
His ability to heal the spirit and body is highly valued, as well as knowledge about healing properties, ways of using and possible contraindications for the body.
- 1 Chemical composition of St. John’s Wort and useful properties
- 2 Effect on the body of St. John’s wort: useful properties of grass
- 3 What has St. John’s Wort? Useful properties for women
- 4 Practical application of St. John’s wort, useful properties of the means based on it
- 5 Harm to the body of St. John’s wort and contraindications to the use
Chemical composition of St. John’s Wort and useful properties
It is the peculiarity of the composition of the plant that determines its useful qualities. The structure includes:
phytoncides, which are a natural antibiotic and can have an antimicrobial effect on the body;
nicotinic acid, getting into the body, adjusts the work of the cardiovascular and nervous system to the desired mode;
vitamin A or carotene has a positive effect on vision, stimulates recovery and the ability to regenerate the cells of the dermis, protects the body against various viruses and bacteria;
vitamin C strengthens the immune system, and also promotes hardening of cartilage and renewal of ligaments, prevents the development of tumor cells;
tocopherol reduces the negative impact on the body of free radicals;
tannin components can have a healing effect on injuries and wounds, relieve inflammation, eliminate suppuration and other infection from wounds;
hyperoside, rutin – these substances have a positive effect on the walls of the vessels, strengthening them and making them less permeable;
hypericin and hyperforin have the ability to exert an antidepressant effect on the body, effectively combat stress;
resin and essential oil in the composition also relieve inflammation;
vitamins P and PP;
saponins, which are an obstacle to the growth of pathogenic microelements and their spread.
Such a rich composition of St. John’s wort allows the plant to be used to treat diseases of almost any human organ. A universal plant can be ingested by preparing a certain composition from it, and also used as an external agent.
Effect on the body of St. John’s wort: useful properties of grass
To the leaves and flowers of St. John’s wort have been beneficial to the body, you need to properly prepare them. Only then will the best qualities of the plant be revealed, and it can be applied in such cases:
• to render on the body antimicrobial, wound healing, hemostatic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, choleretic and diuretic effects;
• for general strengthening of the body, increasing immunity and increasing its resistance to various pathogens of infections;
• with diseases of the digestive tract, including diseases of the duodenum, gastritis, ulcers, colitis;
• with nervous excitability, stress and depression. St. John’s wort is an excellent soothing drug for the nervous system. He can overcome insomnia, hysteria, epilepsy, headaches and paralysis;
• for the prevention of heart disease, vascular problems and strengthening of the heart muscle;
• the universality of the plant is due to the fact that the St. John’s wort is able to normalize the work of the intestines, thereby relieving the body of both constipation and diarrhea;
• suitable for the treatment of asthma and bronchitis;
• for urinary incontinence in adults and children;
• with swelling of the joints, as well as their inflammation;
• acts as a potent anthelmintic preparation;
• with problems of the oral cavity, the presence of inflammation or unpleasant odor is suitable infusion, which can rinse the mouth;
• as a natural antiseptic, St. John’s wort is able to treat colds and sinusitis;
• For external skin problems, use external herbs from the decoction of the herb.
What has St. John’s Wort? Useful properties for women
In folk medicine, the leaves and flowers of St. John’s Wort are considered the best way to treat women’s diseases. Such has St. John’s wort useful properties for women:
• relieves pain in the abdomen during the menstrual cycle;
• alleviates symptoms and unpleasant manifestations of menopause;
• acts as a regulator of the hormonal background in the female body, it increases the level of male hormones – androgens and reduces the level of prolactin;
• removes inflammation of the genital tissues and treats their diseases;
• normalizes the menstrual cycle and makes it balanced;
• Premenstrual syndrome can also be alleviated with the help of St. John’s wort;
• regulates hemorrhages and stops uterine bleeding;
• has a beneficial effect on the female genitourinary system as a whole.
Used decoctions and infusions of St. John’s wort for the treatment of such female diseases:
• inflammatory processes inside the vagina;
• pathology of the mammary glands;
In these cases, drugs are used based on St. John’s wort both inside and outside.
Practical application of St. John’s wort, useful properties of the means based on it
Most often, St. John’s wort is used in the preparation of medicinal infusions, oils, broths.
1. The broth of St. John’s wort is very easy to prepare. It is enough 1 tbsp. l. dry grass and a glass of water to cook this potion. It is necessary to sweat the composition in a water bath for about 30 minutes, and the product is ready. It can be used to treat diseases of the digestive tract, intestines, stomach. As an external agent you can use a decoction for rinsing hair, washing, rubbing the skin. It is effective for alopecia, acne, wrinkles and flabbiness on the skin.
2. St. John’s wort has the same proportions as the broth. Only he does not languish on fire, but insists in a dark place about 3 hours. The optimal dosage is 1 tbsp. l. from gastritis, ulcers, unstable pressure, cholelithiasis, colitis, cystitis and other diseases.
3. The oil for external use is prepared from the flowers of St. John’s Wort, as well as almond, peach or olive oil to choose from. The proportions are preserved 1 to 2 parts, respectively. After a three-week infusion, the oil can be used to heal cuts, wounds, burns, blackheads.
Harm to the body of St. John’s wort and contraindications to the use
With proper use of St. John’s wort in the process of treatment, negative consequences and side effects will not arise. But there are still a few in St. John’s wort contraindications, which should not be neglected.
1. After ingestion of any medicine based on St. John’s wort, one should not be under the sun’s rays. Otherwise, it threatens with dermatitis.
2. The constant application of St. John’s wort inside can cause an unpleasant bitter taste in the mouth.
3. Quite prolonged use of preparations from St. John’s wort leads to narrowing of blood vessels and increase of pressure. Therefore, people with high blood pressure should stop using the plant in home medicine.
4. An excess of St. John’s wort in the body can cause symptoms such as dizziness, rapid heartbeat rhythm, confusion, unreasonable feelings of fear, heart problems, migraines.
5. Strictly contraindicated plant nursing mothers and pregnant women in any form.
6. You can not combine the reception of St. John’s wort simultaneously with the use of cardiac drugs and antidepressants, as well as antibiotics.