St John's Wort Tea
Herbal Sedative for Your Mind and Body
Feeling low and sad?
Take a sip of St John's Wort tea and take a load off.
Stress and anxiety are the causes of many diseases today. The pressure you feel on your mind can do great damage to the rest of your body and that will make it even more difficult for your mind to heal thus leading to mental and physical exhaustion.
This herbal tea is known around the world for its anti-depression activity.
So why not take break with a calming cup of tea?
What is St John's Wort?
St John's Wort (in Latin, Hypericum perforatum) gets its name from the fact that its flowers are harvested on the day of the feast of St John the Baptist, June 24th. "Wort" is a word for plant, in Old English. It is also known by other names, such as Tipton's weed, rosin rose, goatweed, chase-devil, or Klamath weed.
This little plant is native to temperate and subtropical regions in North America, Europe and Asia. It can be found growing wild in meadows and along roadsides, but it can also be cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens.
St John's Wort is a perennial herb that grows to 1 meter (~3.3ft) in height. It has straight stems with small pale yellow-green oblong leaves with translucent dots. In the summer months, small yellow flowers bloom, which are no bigger than 2.5cm (~1in) across.
Leaves, flowers and seeds can be used to make medicinal tea. Throughout history, this has been the herbal tea of choice for depression and anxiety and was filled with spiritual meaning even prior to Christianity.
Ancient Greeks and Romans hung this herb as a religious icon. It was believed to ward off evil spirits and this belief continued on in Early Christians and Medieval times.
Today, many people still drink St John's Wort tea for its calming nature and for the many other health benefits this tea may offer.
Come, let's take a closer look at this nature's medicine.
St John's Wort Tea Benefits
This herb is a good source of flavonoids, phenolic acids, glycosides, rutin, tannins, essential oils, resins.
These components make up a tea full of benefits, mostly giving it a calming and sedative nature.
Depression and anxiety: St John's Wort tea, taken on a daily basis, for a period of 4 to 6 weeks, can help you deal with anxiety, irritability and even mild depression. It will lift your spirits and help stabilize your emotions, meaning it will help control stress and anger and also break through periods of sadness.
Important note: if you are feeling depressed, you may need to seek counseling. Do not underestimate the potential that a healthy diet and exercise can have on your mental well-being.
Sleeping Disorders: when you can't get restful sleep, tossing and turning with insomnia every night, take a cup of this tea to help calm your nervous system and reduce feelings of stress and chronic fatigue that are keeping you awake at night.
Lack of sleep can affect your ability to think clearly and concentrate.
Pain: this tea also works on sedating physical pain. So when you suffer from nerve or muscle pain, have a cup of St John's Wort infusion.
Tea for Her
Mood swings, tension and depression are three of the most common symptoms of menopause and these are the direct cause of hormonal imbalance that occurs at this stage in life. St John's Wort tea can help you regain your balance.
Here's a tip: combine this tea with black cohosh to better deal with menopause symptoms.
This tea is also good for painful menstruation, offering a sedative effect that relieves pain and discomfort from cramps. Healthy hormone levels also help with PMS.
Drinking St John's Wort tea is a great way to build your defenses and preventing illnesses: it is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Your immune system will be fully boosted.
Pollution and environmental changes can really put pressure on your organism, so drinking this tea is really beneficial. It contains antioxidants, meaning it protects the DNA in your cells from the destructive action of free radicals.
Skin Treatment and Tissue Recovery
Herbal infusions can also be applied externally to offer relief and St John's Wort is no exception. With its anti-inflammatory and analgesic powers it can help you in something as simple as a skin rash to the more complicated psoriasis.
Cleaning a wound or cut is your very first step to speed up healing and recovery. Applying this infusion on your skin can help clear burns and clean the edges of wounds and cuts. It has antiseptic and scaring action that makes healing skin traumas of all sorts much easier.
St John's Wort tea can help with tissue recovery when you burn yourself and at the same time, it is soothing and calming, relieving pain.
This infusion works also under the skin, treating inflammations that cause muscle pains, sciatica, tennis elbow, and other nerve pains.
Having difficulty breathing with that cold? Coughing all the time? Then take a cup of this tea to make you feel better and much more comfortable.
This herb makes a great infusion that you can drink in the morning with breakfast and again at night with dinner to help clear away chest congestion and bring relief to a sore throat.
St John's Wort tea can help if you have more serious lung problems, such as bronchitis, asthma and it is even said to help with tuberculosis. Its antibiotic and antiviral actions are essential to getting you back on your feet and breathing better.
Taking this tea on a daily basis can help you treat urinary problems, such as incontinence and bed-wetting in children. It targets bladder and kidney problems that may be at the source of your ailment.
One of the reasons St John's Wort tea is so great for women to regain hormonal balance is because it has a healing action on the liver. This means it can help with jaundice and hepatitis.
Studies are still being done on its positive effects on liver damage caused by alcohol, but there seems to be good promise for this herbal tea.
As a natural sedative, this tea may also calm spasms in the digestive tract, reducing heartburn, improving digestion and bringing calm and relief to your peptic ulcer.
St John's Wort tea is a great healing tea that is here to help you and in many ways become a close and indispensable friend.
Additional Tips to Fight Depression
Along with your daily cup of St John's Wort tea, here are some tips that can help get your spirits up:
Write a small list of simple manageable tasks to do each day and at the end of each day get a sense of accomplishment as you go through the list and see how much you have actually done. Example: feed pet, water the plants, get milk, pay phone bill, etc.
Take a break! It's important to take a moment for yourself each day, from your family, from your work. It is perfectly ok to have some alone time to gather your thoughts.
Why not go for a jog? Exercise is good for your body and mind and it is a timeout moment that everyone else will quickly learn to respect.
St John's Wort Tea Side Effects
Even though this tea may provide great help when you are down, it is also good to be aware that there are some possible side effects.
Photosensitivity: this is particularly important if you are applying this tea topically. It is very rare, but if you start feeling that light is hurting your eyes or that your skin is burning faster, best stop taking this tea.
Drug interaction: are you on antidepressants? Then speak to your doctor before taking this tea, your medication may need to be adjusted, as components in some herbs may enhance the effects of medication.
Sometimes, St John's Wort tea is simply not right for you:
Serious mental illness: although this tea is great for mild depressions and anxiety, it may not help if you suffer from major depression, schizophrenia or dementia, or if you have bipolar disorder.
Upcoming Surgery? Then you should stop taking St John's Wort tea two weeks before your surgery. Its calming effects may interfere with the anaesthesia and cause heart complications.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: due to lack of scientific evidence on the possible effects of this tea on your unborn child, best not to drink this tea. It is also said to cause drowsiness and a bit of colic to your breastfeeding baby, so wait until this stage is over before taking this herbal tea.
Drinking St John's Wort Tea
You are just a few steps away from rest and relaxation. It's time to learn how to make St John's Wort tea.
Water temperature: 100ºC / 212ºF (boiling)
Quantity: 2tsp of dried herb/cup (250ml)
Steeping Time: 5-10 minutes
Recommended Dosage: 2 cups per day, (morning and evening)
This tea is made from leaves and flowers of the St John's Wort plant and it is incredibly easy to make, so it is a stress-free relaxing tea. Let's begin.
Put the kettle on with water for your tea and bring it to a boil.
Place 2 teaspoons per cup of tea inside your teapot and pour the boiling water over the herbs.
Let your tea steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. And then strain.
Here's a tip: Take this time to choose your tea cup, setting the scene for your tea break. Focusing on these tasks and performing them with calm, can really help to reduce your stress levels.
Sweeten your tea with honey or sugar. The typical flavor of St John's Wort tea is cooling and bittersweet, so you may need something sweet to balance the bitterness. Try it unsweetened first, and then add honey to taste.
This herb blends well with: valerian, another herbal sedative with a rather strong flavor; chamomile and lavender to help lift your spirits; lemon balm to calm your nerves.
If you are feeling low or nervous, take this tea twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening to help you sleep better. This tea, 2 to 3 cups throughout the day can also help with hangover symptoms.
Take a break and enjoy a cup of St John's Wort Tea.
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