St. Johns Wort Herb Powder
Botanical Name - Hypericum perforatum
Other Names - Hypericum, Goatweed, God's Wonder Plant, Witches Herb, Rosin Rose
Origin - Poland
Typical Preparations - Traditionally used as a tea, sometimes available in tea bags; also used to make a red St. John's oil for use in liniments and lotions. May also be administered as a capsule or extract for convenience.
Culinary Usages - Prepare as an alcohol-based tincture. The powdered herb may also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
Cosmetic Usages - Infuse in oil to make salves, ointments, lotions and creams.
St. John's Wort has a long history of use in Europe and North America, although there is evidence of its use in ancient Greece and Rome. St. John's Wort, gets its name from the reputation of blooming on or near June 24th, the day celebrated as the birth date of John the Baptist.
The powdered herb is used in cosmetic preparations, usually to make ointments and salves. The powder is also frequently encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
Precautions - May reduce the effectiveness of certain medications, including oral contraceptives, benzodiazepines and calcium channel blockers. Check with your doctor before using this herb if you take these or other medications.
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