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St. John’s wort photo

Hypericum photo

Hypericum, whose scientific name is Hypericum perforatum, but mostly known as St. John’s wort, is a small perennial plant. Its leaves are quite oblong, while the flowers are golden yellow, formed by five petals and recognizable because they have very evident stamens, this can be seen well in the photo of St. John’s wort. The maximum flowering, which begins in spring and continues until late autumn, is reached towards the end of June. It is precisely the fact that the maximum flowering of St. John’s wort coincides with the feast of St. John, on June 24, the cause of the attribution of the name St. John’s wort. Hypericum is a plant native to Great Britain, but now it grows spontaneously and can also be found in our areas. Its natural habitat is sparse and sunny woods,

Cultivation


Hypericum is a perennial plant, which does not fear the winter cold and therefore can remain outdoors all year round; therefore it lends itself well to being cultivated also in home gardens, where it is often also grown in different varieties. To produce a good quantity of flowers, however, St. John’s wort needs to be grown in sunny places; nevertheless, it grows well (even without producing flowers) even in the shade. In general, the hypericum is satisfied with the water that comes from the rains, but in case of long periods of drought, it is good to intervene with some watering. Cultivation is not difficult, hypericum does not require cultivation in specific soils, but it must be considered that it is a plant that tends to be weeds (as can be seen well in many photos of hypericum)

Beneficial properties


St. John’s wort is known not as a garden plant, but above all for its numerous beneficial and therapeutic properties, which are contained in the flowers. In particular, these substances are flavonoids. These promote an antidepressant and sedative action, therefore, this plant is particularly suitable for those suffering from insomnia, anxiety or mild panic attacks. Flavonoids also play an important role as anti-inflammatories, especially, therefore, to treat coughs, colds and inflammation of the urinary tract. Not only that, the flowers of this plant also have some beneficial properties for the skin, so much so that they are used to produce cosmetics against aging and dryness of the skin, but also to mitigate the effects of diseases such as psoriasis or stretch marks, sores. and scars.

St. John’s wort photo: In commerce


On the market, hypericum can be found sold in various forms, since it can be used both for internal and external use. For internal use it can be taken in tablets containing hypericum extract, or in drops of mother tincture diluted in water. Taken in this way it is very useful for fighting depression and anxiety. The infusion, on the other hand, obtained by infusion of leaves and flowers, is excellent in case of inflammation of the urinary tract or in case of cough and cold. For external use, however, the oil obtained from the maceration of parts of the plant is very effective. However, it is good to pay attention when using hypericum, because it can interact with other drugs; moreover, it is not to be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding and particular attention must be paid when administering it to children.

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