The ancient Greeks and Romans believed taht St John's Wort could deter evil spirits. Today the herb has found new and widespread popularity as a natural antidepressant. It is a gentler alternative to conventional medications, with far fewer side effects.
What it is
A shrubby perenmial bearing bright yellow flowers, St John's is cultivated worldwide. It was named after St John the Baptist because it blooms around 24th June, the day celebrated as his birthday; 'wort' is an old english word for plant. For centuries St John's Wort was used to soothe the nerves and to heal wounds and burns. Supplements are made from dried flowers, which contain a number of therapeutic substances including a healing pigment called hypericin and the chemical hyperforin.
For acknowledgement, see our Supplement Guide, section 3.
Some associated supplements (not a definitive list):