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St John's Wort Uses for Depression

Updated on January 12, 2015

Are you depressed? You do not necessarily need to take prescription drugs. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)is an herbal remedy that has been used for centuries as a tincture restorative nerve tonic to treat mild stress, anxiety and depression.

There are over 370 varieties of this herb worldwide and is also referred to as Tipton's Weed, Chase-devil, or Klamath weed. It can be to treat irritability during menstrual cycle and menopause.

Stress is a natural part of life. We all have to deal with stress. It is when stress is unyielding and ongoing that it takes a real toll on our mental and physical being. Rest and a good diet are often helpful in addressing stress, but some long-term situations.

The medical field are now recognizing the benefits of the herb for mild cases. If you are taking prescription drugs for anxiety and depression, it is not advised to take other herbal remedies for that condition. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist about contradictions.

Dealing with Mild Depression

Mild depression and anxiety are an occasional part of living. Rushing to catch a bus or plane, trying to make a deadline for a school or job project are what is considered normal stress related situations. This type of stress is not ongoing, but short-lived and temporary.

St Johns Wort has been proven helpful in dealing with these types of stressful situations. I wish I had known about this herb when I was in school. It would have made a big difference in how I functioned.

It is important to incorporate exercise and healthy eating in order to remove stress from your life. Other things that increase daily stress are coffee, teas, and caffeinated drinks. If you remove these from your diet, you will notice that stress will diminish.

An Alternative to Prescription Drugs

Many parents are frustrated trying to find safe solutions for children with depression. Doctors in Germany are much more likely to prescribe St Johns Wort, especially when dealing with young people and teen because of the increased risk of suicide associated with prescription drugs.

There is less risks of side effects with this herb, it is not addictive but it is advised if taken long term to slowly lower your doses as you come off.

Different ways to use

Tea: You can purchase St. Johns Wort in teas for either in bags or loose. When purchasing loose teas also make sure they have been screened for lead. The way herbs are processed in India and China leave lead behind in the product.

Oil: You can used this herb in oil form to rub on the temples for headaches, rug on joints for aches or place in bathwater.

Capsules: You can purchase this herb in the form of a capsule or table and most drug and health food stores.

Tincture: Saint John's Wort also comes in tincture form to be placed in a small amount of water or juice.

St Johns Wort
St Johns Wort

Side Effects

When taking large doses of St Johns Wort, you may experience restlessness, problems sleeping, dizziness or headaches. It experiencing any of these symptoms, lower the dose, or stop taking. You may also experience sensitivity to light and sunburn more easily.

Remember never take any supplement until you check with your physician to make sure it is safe to take St Johns Wort with your other medications.


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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thanks for taking time to comment MPG. I have used St Johns Work myself. It really works.

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      Marie Giunta 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I too have used it and it does work for mild depression and anxiety. I'm sure many people will find this hub helpful, 2besure.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      jrport, thanks for taking time to leave a comment!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      It have used it and I know it works! Thanks Rachelle!

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      jrport 5 years ago

      I use this herb and it does help. An interesting article. Thanks,


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      Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      I can attest to the benefits of St. John's Wort for depression. Good Work Here

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