Arachnae's Metaphysics

St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort ( Hypericum perforatum ) is a bushy plant that can be grown almost anywhere and grows wild easily. It has been known as a medicinal herb for literally centuries - use of St. John's Wort dates back to the ancient Greeks.

Today, St. John's Wort is widely used in Europe as treatment for mild depression and for anxiety. It is being more accepted by the US medical community as well.

St. John's Wort has antiseptic properties, and shows potential use as an anti-viral; studies are underway as to its effectiveness in halting the progress of the HIV virus, and against other viruses such as HPV, Hepetitus-B and Herpes.

St. John's Wort is also believed to repair nerve damage, and is in use as an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Conditions as diverse as menstrual cramps and arthritis have been said to improve with the introduction of St. John's Wort.

Metaphysically St. John's Wort is considered a specific for protection and healing. Sprinkle it around your property to prevent accidents or the ill wishes of others. For its medicinal benefits, drink in an infusion.

People who are taking St. John's Wort are advised to limit their exposure to sunlight, since it makes fair-skinned people photo-sensitive, and they are prone to sunburn under less sun exposure than they are used to.

If you are taking prescribed anti-depressants, you should avoid St. John's Wort, since they can have unfortunately interactions. Pregnant or lactating women should seek the advice of their physician before taking St. John's Wort.

St. John's Wort may interact with many prescription drugs, including anti-seizure medicine, anti-coagulants, and oral contraceptives.