St. John’s Wort’s Unknown Diversity

Today, I’m working with Hypericum perforatum, or St.John’s Wort. Most people think of this plant as “The Depression Herb.” However, helping with mild depression and anxiety is only one of the myriad of ways it is useful. Did you know that it’s great as a wound healer? It helps to regenerate nerves and helps with nerve pain. It is also an antiviral with an affinity for the nerve system. For example, it works well for shingles and herpes simplex. These are just a few of this wonderful plants medicinal qualities.

St. John’s Wort is not indigenous to the Driftless.  Hypericum perforatum is our local native variety and it shows promise. I hope to work with it in the future to discover the ways it might be most useful.

The information in this article is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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