ST. JOHN’S WORT

ST. JOHN’S WORT: “Possible AIDS Treatment”

AIDS, Antidepressant, Wound Healing

Also Known As: Hypericum

HISTORY:

For more than 2,000 years, St. John’s Wort has been used in herbal healing. It is most notable for speeding up would healing. Scientists have gathered information on this herb as being great for wound healing and in treating HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). There have been reports from patients reporting positive results with the use of this herb.

PREPARATION:

  • Infusion:

Boil a cup of water and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of the herb dried and crushed. Steep between 10 and 15 minutes and drink up to 3 cups a day. Taste will be initially sweet, but turns bitter and astringent.

  • Tincture:

Use a fourth, but no more than one teaspoon, up to three times a day.

Wounds:

Apply crushed, dried leaves and flowers to the wound after the affected area is cleansed with soap and water.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

The leaves of this herb contains oil red in color. It grows well in well-drained soil and under full sun. St. John’s Wort blooms in the summer and you may harvest leaves and tops of flowers as the plant blooms.

SAFETY:

While using St. John’s Wort, stay clear from taking amphetamines, asthma inhalants, diet pills, narcotics, nasal decongestants, cold or hay medications, tryptophan and tyrosine. Do not drink beer, wine, coffee, or eat yogurt, chocolate salami, fava beans, smoked or pickled items. Try to stay out of sunny areas for long periods of time.

The FDA cannot make up its mind as to if St. John’s Wort it. It was declared unsafe in 1977, and then the FDA reversed the ruling and allow taking it in vermouths. Overall, persons with HIV report the herb as being nontoxic. But, some have experienced drowsiness, nausea, and diarrhea and sun sensitivity.