Hypericum perforatum
St John's Wort

Hypericum perforatum, St John's Wort

A scourge throughout rangelands of Australia and US, St. John's Wort, a native of Europe, has enjoyed renewed appreciation and increased value in the global market for its medicinal strength.

Grow specs: An erect perennial to 2 ft, St. John's Wort blooms in tiny, star- shaped yellow flowers throughout summer. Plant in any soil with good drainage and full sun. Space at 12"

St. John's Wort oil contains the extract hypericin which can be applied externally to treat bruises and abrasions. The herb is taken internally as a tea or tincture to treat lung ailments and depression, and shows promise in combating retroviruses like HIV.

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