Hypericum perforatum

St. John’s Wort - Hypericum perforatum

Family: St. John's Wort (Hypericaceae)
Common names: weed, manpower, Spotted St. John's wort, our women bed straw
Short description: 30 - 60 cm high
Flowers: grated flowers stain red, multi-flowered panicles, flowers 2 - 2.5 cm tall, golden yellow, dotted black at the edge, 50 to 100 stamens
Leaves: opposite, sitting 1 - 2 cm long, black glands on leaf margin
Habitat: Lean pastures, lawns, heaths, fallow land, bushes and forest edges, railway ballast, rubbish dumps, oil fields
Collection time: flower from June to August
Use: This plant contains essential oil, which is found mainly in the flowers and leaves. It is best if you harvest them, if they had a lot of sun. Then you can make a tea from these parts of the plant or add oil. Internally, the tea has an antidepressant effect, relieves headache and strengthens weakness. Externally, the oil heals wounds and scars and helps with herpes and other viruses.

Attention: This plant is sensitive to sunlight and should be avoided especially in the summer months.