St. John's Wort Flowering Tops (Hypericum Perforatum) 1lb/454g BULK Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Hypericum Perforatum
Common names: St. John's Wort
Plant Description: St. John's Wort is a bushy perennial plant, native to many parts of the world including California, Oregon, and Colorado in the United States, and in Europe. It grows wild to approximately 1-3 feet in forests, thick woods, hedges, and meadows. It has short barren shoots and erect stems that branch out in the upper part. It's leaves are opposite, sessile, entire, elliptic to oblong, not over 1 inch long, and covered with transparent dots. St. John's Wort blooms from June to August with numerous bright yellow flowers. The calyx and corolla are marked with black dots and lines. The flowers have five petals and three bundles of stamens joined by their bases. It's fruit is a 3-celled capsule containing small round black seeds which smell somewhat like resin.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner.
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.