St. John’s wort

(Hypericum perforatum, fam. Hypericaceae)

Yellow St. John’s wort is perennial cabbage-like plant and its Latin name is derived as the result of the presence of glands at the back of the leaves filled with essential oil, giving the leaf perforated appearance.

It contains antrachinone derivative – hypericin, obtained from flowers and leaves, and it also contains essential oil rich with pinene, flavonoids, tannins, etc. St. John’s wort has been famous since ancient times.


Valued in popular medicine as remedy against stomach diseases, burns and wounds. The hypericin effect as psychotropic medication with euphoric properties has been discovered recently. Therefore, St. john’s wort can be used against depressions.

It is also used as tonic for blood vessels and protects capillary as it contains flavonoids. It is used as antiphlogistic, against various infections, externally – for wounds and burns, hemorrhoids.

Tea prepared with flowers has been widely used for liver catarrh, infection of stomach mucous membrane, painful urination in children, heaches, nerve fatigue, heart disorders related to stress and insomnia.

The yellow St. wort tea is excellent remedy for all female diseases, particularly uterine cramps, uterine infection and painful menstrual hemorrhage.