Helos St John's Wort

Helos St John’s Wort

Herb St John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum  (helos) Organic Perennial. AKA  St. John’s Wort, Klamathweed, Goatweed, Hypericum. Amber Touch-and-Heal

Hardy in Zones 3 through 8.

If you have tried St. John’s Wort in the past without success, it is worth trying ‘Helos’.

This flower has been historically used as a treatment for a wide variety of superstitions and nervous disorders. Its name, Hyperieum, comes from the Greek word meaning ‘over an apparition,’ a link to the belief that St. John’s Wort was such a powerful plant that it could ward off evil apparitions or spirits.

Medicinally, this aromatic plant is a nervine sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, astringent, resolvent and expectorant. It has been employed for the treatment of urinary conditions, lung conditions, bladder issues, dysentery, parasitic infestations, diarrhea and a variety of nervous system complaints, including its modern-day application to depression.

It has also been used as a treatment for urinary incontinence in children, chronic cough, hemoptysis, blood hemorrhages, jaundice, bacterial and viral infections, HIV infection and AIDS, PMS, menopause, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), eczema, hemorrhoids, obsessive compulsive disorder and general social phobia. Due to this wide variety of treatment possibilities, particularly in regard to its use in the treatment of depression, St. John’s Wort is currently one of the most frequently purchased herbal supplements in the United States.
Does best in light, warm, sandy soil.
Partial sun is best for flower blooms, although they can grow in partial shade.
Grows to 3 feet
Space 1 foot apart, as the roots have a wide spread.
Direct sow Early spring after danger of frost has passed and soil has warmed to at least 65 deg F. Best to first plant indoors in a warm, sunny environment and re-plant in late spring. Transplant when seedlings are around two inches tall.

Seeds can take up to three months to germinate, and rootlets re-seed quickly. Flowers bloom in late July and August of the second year after initial planting.
Propagated from cuttings, seeds, or division of roots.

Harvest when flowers are in full bloom. Both the leaves and flowers can be harvested. Cut off the upper 1/3 portion of the plant in July for harvest.

Parts Used:
Herb tops, flowers.

Dry flowers and leaves in bundles, upside down, in a cool, dry place indoors.

Dried flowers may be stored in an airtight glass container for up to one year.

Essential oils.
Essential oils are rare, but the flowers can be infused into a carrier oil for topical use. The oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory and aids in conditions of neuralgia, sciatica, sprains, burns, and fibrositis.

There are at least ten groups of active components contributing to the effects of St. John’s Wort. The main classes are naphthodianthrones and flavanoids.

CAUTIONS / CONTRAINDICATIONS:
Herb St John’s Wort interacts with many pharmaceuticals, so always consult with a doctor before taking. It has been related to photo sensitivity leading to dermatitis and inflammation of mucus membranes. For this reason, people taking the herb over a long-term should avoid direct sunlight.

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take this herb.

This herb should not be taken with alcohol.

 DRUG INTERACTIONS:
This herb should not be taken if you are currently taking any form of anxiety or depression medication, as it may interfere with the action of the drugs. Severe depression should not be treated with St. John’s Wort. Other drug interactions include SSRIs, Tricyclics, MAOIs. Nefazodone (Serzone), the antihistamines Loratadine, Cetirizine. Fexofenadine, Dextromethorphan (cough medicine), Digoxin, as well as any drugs that drugs that suppress the immune system, any drugs that fight HIV, birth control pills, Reserpine, Sedatives, Anticonvulsants, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, drugs that treat insomnia,Theophylline, Triptans, Warfarin, Antifungal, Statins and calcium channel blockers.

Disclaimer / Legal Information

Information on this website is based on research from the internet, books, articles and studies and/or companies selling herbs online. Statements in this website have not necessarily been evaluated and should not be considered as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. For diagnosis or treatment consult your physician.

Use herbs in moderation and watch for allergic reactions.

If you are taking any other medication, are suffering from a medical condition and/or are at all concerned about any of the advice or ingredients consult your doctor before taking the herbs.

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or have/had breast cancer do not take any of the herbs (as many affect hormone balance, uterine contractions and are estrogenic).

Remember that diet, exercise and relaxation are equally important to your health.

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