Still new to St. John’s wort? Scientifically known under the name “hypericum perforatum”, this plant is one of the most suitable for treating mild depression thanks to its compound. But, in addition, it is also a natural remedy for other conditions, such as fighting pain or reducing mood swings. In this article we are going to focus on how to treat depression with St. John’s wort so that you understand what its properties are and why it can help us overcome this emotional bump.
Steps to follow:
- We started by talking about how St. John’s wort can help us with depression. First of all, we want to specify that this natural treatment is indicated for people who suffer from mild depression, that is, if your condition is clinical and must be treated by a psychiatrist, this remedy will not help you. In the case where you suffer from a mild state of this mental condition, St. John’s wort can help improve your mood.
- This plant contains different phytochemicals and nutrients that act in our body in different ways. The hypericin, the main component of this herb, acts as antibiotic but also is considered a natural antidepressant. The reason is that, when taking St. John’s wort, the action of monoamine oxidase (MAOI) is inhibited and, therefore, it helps us in our mood and, also, gives us a calming effect.
- This plant can be used as a substitute for antidepressant medications as long as we talk about it first with our doctor since, as we have indicated, depending on the state of your disease, the remedy will be effective or not. But, in general, it is important that you know the advantages of this plant with respect to medicine:
- It provides fewer side effects than conventional medication.
- Stabilizes the nervous system making us more calm.
- It helps us fall asleep and, therefore, avoid insomnia.
- Does not alter sexual desire.
- To take advantage of the benefits of St. John’s wort for depression, you can prepare it by making an infusion or, if you prefer, in natural products stores you will find capsules prepared with this plant and follow the instructions marked by the product leaflet or, in its defect, talk to the specialist who will indicate the recommended dosage.
- In the event that you want to prepare an infusion of St. John’s wort, you have two options: make an infusion with just St. John’s wort (that is, just the plant) or, if you prefer, you can mix it with other plants that will promote its antidepressant capacity. If you opt for the first option, you will only have to prepare an infusion with two tablespoons of flowers in water and drink a glass 2 times a day.
- But if you want an infusion with more antidepressant effect, add a little basil to your preparation. The reason is that this plant helps fight fatigue but also depression since it is considered a natural vitalizer. Therefore, you only have to mix St. John’s wort with a handful of basil and take the infusion 2 times a day.
- In the event that you prefer to take this plant in pills, you have to take into account that, due to its side effects, the maximum amount that an adult should take is 300 milligrams. Do not exceed these values as it could be harmful; Later we will tell you why.
- In addition to depression, St. John’s wort is indicated to treat other conditions or health conditions thanks to its many properties. It can be good for internal use but, also, for external use since topically it can also help us fight wounds or injuries.
- The topical use of St. John’s wort is indicated to cure ulcers, acne, eczema, etcetera; The reason is that it contains healing properties that helps accelerate the healing of lesions in the dermis. But, also, it is ideal to be able to relieve bumps or bruises since it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that will help you reduce swelling and reduce discomfort.
- The internal use of St. John’s wort, that is, of this plant, is indicated to alleviate muscle pain that can be derived from low back pain, arthritis, etc. The reason is that it acts as a pain reliever that helps relieve pain and make us feel better. But the best-known use for this herb is its antidepressant effect.
- In any case, it is important that you know the contraindications of St. John’s wort because, although it is a natural alternative to antidepressant medications, its components are also discouraged for certain types of people and, before starting to take it, it is important that you go to the opinion of an expert who can advise you on the subject.
- Some of the side effects of this medicinal plant are the following:
- Appearance of dizziness.
- Gastrointestinal upset that causes pain in the belly and stomach.
- Tiredness and drowsiness.
- May cause photosensitivity.
- Also, pregnant or lactating women as well as children should not take this home remedy.
This article is merely informative, we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.