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A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine points to the findings that st. John's Wort may look like antidepressants in the brain's cells, but is not actually an antidepressant. The main effect of taking it is that it boosts feelings of happiness. The problem comes with the notion that the effects of the antidepressants are achieved without producing the same negative side effects.One of the most well-known species is the common, or perforated, Saint-John’s-wort (H. perforatum), which is native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. The plant is used in herbal medicine as a treatment for.
To forage St. John’s wort, it is important to know where to look as well as how to identify the plant by its physical characteristics. Once you’ve correctly identified the plant, you can harvest it. When harvesting any plant, ethical harvesting practices are essential. I’d like to share some easy ways to identify St. John’s wort, some tools you’ll want to have with you, and some tips for the ethical harvesting of this summer ephemeral. However, before you are comfortable foraging for St. John’s wort in the wild on your own, I would recommend that you take a botanical key with you into the field. William A. Weber has a useful key that I always bring with me on botanical and foraging adventures called Rocky Mountain Flora. This book, and other keys, give detailed information about altitude, habitat, and other special characteristics of plants. Keys are meant to bring you discernment and confidence about the plant you are learning to identify.
St John's wort is named as such because it commonly flowers, blossoms and is harvested at the time of the summer solstice in late June, around St John's Feast Day on 24 June. The herb would be hung on house and stall doors on St John's Feast day to ward off evil spirits and to safeguard against harm and sickness to people and live-stock. Alternatively, there may be a connection with the Knights Hospitaller. The genus name Hypericum is possibly derived from the Greek words hyper (above) and eikon (picture), in reference to the tradition of hanging plants over religious icons in the home during St John's Day.It was thought to have medical properties in classical antiquity and was a standard component of theriacs, from the Mithridate of Aulus Cornelius Celsus' De Medicina (ca. 30 CE) to the Venice treacle of d'Amsterdammer Apotheek in 1686. Folk usages included oily extract (St John's oil) and Hypericum snaps. Hypericum perforatum is a common species and is grown commercially for use in herbalism and traditional medicine. (Source:en.wikipedia.org)