St. John’s wort ordinary or perforated, Hypericum perforatum, description, use for treatment, especially the preparation of decoctions and infusions.

St. John’s wort or perforatum, Hypericum perforatum, is distributed practically throughout the entire European part, in Western and Eastern Siberia. It grows in deciduous and mixed forests, among shrubs, glades, upland, less often floodplain meadows and near roads. Since ancient times, is widely used in medicine. 

St. John’s wort or perforated, Hypericum perforatum, description, use for treatment, especially the preparation of decoctions and infusions.

Currently, St. John’s wort as a medicinal plant is recognized as the official medicine of many countries. It is part of many medicinal herbal preparations, essential oil, various tinctures and other medical preparations are obtained from it. St. John’s wort blooms in June and August. It was at this time that its flowering tops with a stem, without rough leafless parts, collected it. Dry leaves and flowers are used as a substitute for tea, and also as a spice for pickling fish.

St. John's wort ordinary or perforated, Hypericum perforatum, description, use for treatment, especially the preparation of decoctions and infusions.
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Decoction 1 tablespoon (10 g) of chopped herbs per 0.25 liters. water. Boil for 15 minutes, strain after cooling. This is a daily dose that is drunk in several doses in the treatment of diseases of the lungs, stomach, intestines and gall bladder, with diarrhea and nervous disorders. For treating wounds and treating pain, as lotions for severe bruises. Oil (for external use) 2 tablespoons (20 g) of 0.2 l fresh flowers sunflower or linseed oil. Insist 14 days in the sunlight, occasionally shaking. The resulting blood-red oil extract in the form of compresses helps with severe bruises, wounds, ulcers, abscesses, burns (including sun exposure), dermatoses, lichen and chronic eczema. Alcohol tincture (extract) 4 tablespoons (40 g) of crushed grass per 0.1 liter. alcohol. Insist in a dark place for 10 days, strain. Take no more than 50 drops 3 times a day. For external use (wound disinfection), dilute with water 30-40 drops per 0.2 l. water.

Contraindications for the use of infusions and decoctions of St. John’s wort.

St. John’s wort has a weak toxic effect, it can not be taken for a long time, discomfort in the liver and a feeling of bitterness in the mouth may appear. When consumed for three weeks or more, temporary impotence may occur, but after stopping intake, after a few weeks St. John’s wort is excreted from the body and all functions are restored.

Contraindicated in pregnancy, high fever, hypertension (in its purest form), as it increases blood pressure. After taking the infusion, you must refrain from tanning, St. John’s wort increases the sensitivity of the skin to ultraviolet rays. Strongly brewed St. John’s wort infusion can cause symptoms of acute gastritis (cramping and pain in the intestines).

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