st. john's wort

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Enlarge picture
st. john's wort

st. john's wort

Famously used for depression nerves, stress, hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, alcoholism, insomnia, inflammation, hemorrhoids, menopause, PMS, arthritis, gout, flu, viruses, AIDS, HIV, cancer, diarrhea, back pain, sciatica, bladder problems. A serotonin re-uptake inhibitor. This prevents serotonin from being reabsorbed from the nerve synapse, prolonging serotonins' antidepressant effects. A 2005 study showed it was more effective than Prozac, without the side effects. Contains hyperforin, which protects against gram-positive bacteria. Flowers and leaves can be put into salads or made into tea. Do not take St. John's Wort if you are taking antidepressant drugs- leads to "serotonin syndrome", a condition marked by confusion and cardiovascular irregularities. Also don't use St John's Wort if you are tanning (could burn skin) Named so because it flowers on St. John's day (summer solstice) Has small, narrow opposing leaves with transparent dots throughout the leaves if held up to light. These are the oil glands. Flowers are yellow, 5 petals, with black dots. When flower buds are crushed before they become flowers, a reddish purple liquid comes out. Tea can be used internally or externally for skin conditions, but remember not to go out in the sun after taking it.

St. John's Wort

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Also known as Goat Weed, Tipton Weed, Sol Terrestis, Amber, Herba John, and Klamath Weed, St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an herb used a great deal in Witchcraft and magic. It is good for protection, health, happiness, and strength. When picked before sunrise with the dew still on it, it is used in love divination. Classified as a masculine herb ruled by the Sun, its element is fire. If gathered at midsummer (its name comes from St. John's Eve, which is midsummer's eve) and worn on the person, it will keep you safe from colds and fevers, will make you invincible, and will attract others in love. It will also keep mental illness at bay and cure melancholy.

St. John's Wort flowers or leaves were often hung from the beam over the front entrance to a house to protect the home from burglary, lightning, fire, and evil spirits. It was also considered effective against ghosts, spirits, demons, and the evil eye. If you placed a piece of the root under your pillow, it was said to cause you to dream of your future spouse. Early Christian persecutors believed that holding the herb to the mouth of an accused witch would cause them to confess their supposed crimes.

An old folk tale warned that if you accidentally stepped on St. John's Wort you ran the risk of a fairy horse rearing up underneath you and carrying you away. It would gallop all night before suddenly vanishing at the dawn, leaving you miles from where you started.

The herb was burned and used as incense. Along with bracken, corn marigold, daisy, dwarf elder, fennel, ivy, male fern, mogwort, orpine, vervain, and yarrow, it was burned at the Summer Solstice to purify and protect.

If you hold the leaf of the plant up to the light, you can see small red dots in it. These were said to have been made with a needle by the devil. Some say they only appear on August 27, the day St. John was reputedly beheaded.

St. John’s wort

indicates animosity. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
See: Hatred

St. John’s wort

defense against fairies, evil spirits, the Devil. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 335–336]
References in periodicals archive ?
The main purpose of the research was to conduct a study comparing and contrasting St.
Finally, a prospective, controlled open-label observational study was done in which a combination of black cohosh with or without St.
Lau said the lack of effective Food and Drug Administration oversight of herbal therapies makes him feel compelled to test every lot of St.
In the trial, 70 participants with IBS were randomized where half the patients received St.
Conditions which led to an exclusion from entering the study were pregnancy, lactation, a known allergy to St.
Could it have been due to the larger size of the plant compared to St.
During the last two cycles, the protocol added 300 mg of St.
Often, patients don't think of herbal supplements as being a drug, and when their doctor asks what other medications they are taking, they may not report taking herbal products like St.
In an addendum to their report, they noted: "There is good evidence that St.
The study, being conducted at three sites, will randomly assign 300 patients with minor depression to treatment protocols using St.
There is evidence that some people with bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness) who take St.
the University of California, Los Angeles, will tackle as part of a $15 million National Institutes of Health project to advance scientific understanding of herbal medicines such as green tea, echinacea, St.