In folk medicine, this inconspicuous yellow flower is used in the treatment of many diseases. These are problems with the gastrointestinal tract, bladder, heart and blood vessels, nervous system and numerous inflammations. In short, the useful properties of St. John's wort can be listed for a long time.
Healing properties of St. John's wort
Humanity would not need a complex pharmacological system if all diseases could be treated with herbs. However, disease prevention can be simple "grandmother's" methods. Properties and healing power of herbs are known since ancient times:
- St. John's wort oil in cosmetology smoothes the skin and tightens the oval of the face;
- geraniol, which is part of the herb, destroys Salmonella, E. coli and many other viral agents;
- tea from this plant helps to cope with depression;
- tincture of the leaves stimulate the regeneration of skin;
- ointments on its basis heal wounds and soothe the skin;
- herbal decoctions have a diuretic and laxative effect;
- coumarins of the shrub liquefy blood and prevent blood clots from forming;
- compresses from plants relieve from Allergy.
Vitamin C, which is also a part of flowers, can prevent the appearance of malignant tumors. However, the official medicine is not in a hurry to develop on the basis of this plant medicine oncologies.
Tincture and St. John's wort oil: properties
To prepare an infusion of St. John's wort, 1 tablespoon of dried flowers pour a glass of boiling water and brew 15-20 minutes, filter and consume. Note that the desired effect of infusion will not occur in metal utensils.
Alcohol tincture is prepared month: three-liter jar half filled with fresh or dried flowers, pour alcohol and tightly clog. Store in a dark place, shake up St. John's wort every day, and ready tincture is applied externally for compresses and wipes.
Particularly pronounced properties of Hypericum appear in the oil. Dry grass plants pour olive, sunflower or linseed oil, pressed down and left for a month. The oil is tsedyat, poured into glass jars and stored in a cool place.
Properties of St. John's wort for colds and flu
In case of a strong cough, oil is applied to the soft tissue, put a compress on the neck and carefully wrapped to keep warm. It is better to do it before going to bed, and in the morning to wash with soap. In the same way it is possible to warm a breast. With a dry cough, inhalations with the flowers of the plant are arranged. The procedure should last 15-20 minutes. St. John's wort and its properties will be more effective if you perform manipulations at night.
If a sore throat, then gargle will help the infusion of the plant. Tincture diluted in water (20-30 drops of tincture of 300 ml of warm water) and gargle up to 7-8 times a day. According to another recipe, sea salt, 10 drops of iodine and 20-30 drops of tincture are added to the glass of water. As in the previous case, rinse many times a day.
Medicinal tea with St. John's wort will help with a cold. To enhance the effect of the grass is better to brew with raspberry leaves, honey and lemon. The healing properties of St. John's wort are best manifested if you use it immediately before bedtime.
How to use St. John's wort for depression?
Active substances contained in this plant do not allow the cells: to perform the brain to lose serotonin - the "happiness hormone". St. John's wort, which is part of a relaxing tea, brings the same benefits as medical antidepressants. However, such a natural active substance in reaction with other chemicals can produce unexpected side effects.