↷ Read Broché [ ⋶ National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World's Most Effective Healing Plants ] ⇣ PDF by Rebecca L Johnson ∟ ↷ Read Broché [ ⋶ National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: The World's Most Effective Healing Plants ] ⇣ PDF by Rebecca L Johnson ∟ St Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum The sunny yellow flowers of St Johns wort SJW harbor a strange secret Bruise the delicate petals and they seem to bleed The blood red liquid is an oil released from tiny, dark colored glands scattered along the petal margins In ancient times, a plant that bled was assumed to possess great powers During the rise of Christianity, the herb came to be associated with John the Baptist wort is the Old English word for plant It was said to bloom on the saints birthday, June 24, and to bleed on August 29, the anniversary of his beheading The earliest use of the name may date to the sixth century, when the Irish missionary St Columba carried the herb with him into northern Scotland The genus name, Hypericum, is from the Greek, meaning over a picture or icona reference to the custom of draping the herb over religious images to strengthen their powers in banishing demons For many centuries, St Johns wort was a symbol of protection against evil, but also a prized medicinal herb, with the power to heal the body and ease the troubled mind Ancient Greek and Roman physicians used St Johns wort to dress battle wounds, as well as treat burns, bruises, and inflammations Hundreds of years later, as battles raged in the Holy Land, the crusaders treated their wounds with St Johns wort in much the same way Throughout the Middle Ages, heart conditions, jaundice, dysentery, bleeding, urinary troubles, and nervous depression were all treated with the herb Also popular at this time, and for centuries afterward, was hypericum oil, a preparation made from the flowers and rubbed into the skin to heal bruises and wounds By the late 17th century, St Johns wort had been incorporated into American herbal medicine, prescribed externally for wounds and sores and internally for nervous anxiety and depression After falling into disuse early in the last century, St Johns wort has seen a remarkable revival in the past few decades It is currently the most widely used herb in modern herbal medicine for treating mild to moderate depression St Johns wort is also used to relieve anxiety, ner vous exhaustion, seasonal affective disorder, premenstrual syndrome, and to help heal minor wounds and skin irritations.The perfect union of botanical and medical expertise This guide is so authoritative, its aim is to educate not only consumers, but doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals as well Book Page Travel Find facts, photos, information and history, travel videos, flags, maps of countries cities the world from National Geographic National Guide to Scenic Highways Byways NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC is one s leading nonfiction publishers, proudly supporting work scientists, explorers, 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