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A Mighty Herb: St. John’s Wort

Jan 31, 2018 11:04PM
by Laina Poulakos
St. John’s Wort has been effectively used to treat depression, anxiety, PMS and menopause. As a medicinal herb used for its antidepressant properties, it has been used for more than 2000 years.

More recently, it has been found that St. John’s Wort can be helpful in relieving addictive behaviors. Also, it has been proven to help prevent some cancers and can protect against viral infections. It can soothe and reduce inflammation of the nervous system and is also great at healing wounds and acne, when applied to the skin. This is one of the most studied herbs in the scientific and medical communities.

St. John’s Wort, can be taken as an herbal supplement, a tincture and a tea. It does have some side effects, such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. This strong herb may also interact with some medications, so it is very important to talk with your doctor before you start taking it. With many health benefits, St. John’s Wort is a great herb for body and mind.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit

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