ancient folklore, St. Johnís wort, hypericum perforatum, was
heralded as the ďherbe of protection.Ē People revered it as a magical
talisman capable of protecting them from evil spirits and their homes
from lightning storms. These mystical qualities are reflected in its
name. Its Latin name hypericum is derived from a Greek word
that means ďover an apparition.Ē
todayís world, many people use St. Johnís wort to ward off
what is considered a modern-day ghostly spiritódepression.
With scientific research affirming its antidepressant qualities,
as well as renewed recognition for its other traditional
medicinal uses, St. Johnís wort has become one of the most
popular herbal supplements in the United States and throughout
gain further appreciation of its health benefits, it is
possible to study St. Johnís wort (as well as other herbs,
nutrients and foods) through the lens of herbal astrology.
Through this periscope, we can further unveil the ways in
which St. Johnís wort may serve to protect health and well-being.
Sun is Linked to St. Johnís Wort
Johnís wort is linked astrologically to the Sun, the planet
that is associated with the sign Leo. In astrology, the
Sun represents our true essence, the core of vitality that
guides our lives. Leo characterizes joy, love and self-expressionóthe
experience of living life with the world as your canvas,
on which you can freely create. In medical astrology, the
Sun and Leo are associated with the circulatory system,
including the heart.
physical characteristics of St. Johnís wort capture many
qualities of Leo and the Sun. Leoís position as the fifth
sign of the zodiac is mirrored in the five petals of the
St. Johnís wort flower. These flowers shine a brilliant
solar yellow color. On close examination of the leaves,
you can perceive small perforations (the plantís translucent
glands), which appear as windows through which the Sunís
Johnís Wort and Depression
its Leonine qualities, St. Johnís wort has been in the limelight
for the past few years. It has been the subject of many
clinical trials that have explored its antidepressant properties.
The results of these research studies have suggested that
St. Johnís wort may be an effective therapy for people who
experience mild to moderate depression.
modern medicine, depression is associated with the brain
and its neurochemistry. Yet, people who experience depression
describe it not just as a shrouded feeling in their minds
but also in their hearts. This further reveals St. Johnís
wortís correspondence with depression as the Sun correlates
not only to the physical heart, but to the heart chakra
(the energy center through which emotions flow). Consequently,
depression often robs people of experiencing certain Leo
characteristics, such as joy and childlike delight.
has suggested that St. Johnís wort may also be useful in
alleviating the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder
(SAD). SAD is characterized by depressive symptoms occurring
during times of the year when there is limited sunlight.
One noted treatment for SAD is full-spectrum light therapy.
Maybe St. Johnís wort helps to relieve SAD symptoms through
serving as a botanical arbiter of the Sunís astrological
energy for those who are deprived of the Sunís physical
Uses of St. Johnís Wort
addition to its use as an ďherbe of protectionĒ against
depression, St. Johnís wort applied as a topical treatment
seems to have therapeutic benefits against injuries to the
skin. St. Johnís wort enjoys a long historical tradition
of use for wounds where the skin is perforated and blood
(linked to the Sun) is present. Additionally, as it is also
suggested to be an effective topical treatment for burns,
Sun-ruled St. Johnís wort may help to alleviate one of the
consequences of too much solar heat or fire.
to Use St. Johnís Wort
Johnís wort is available in a variety of forms, including
teas, tinctures, capsules and oil-based preparations. For
the treatment of mild to moderate depression, many nutritionally-oriented
health experts recommend that people take 900 milligrams
daily (in three divided doses) of a St. Johnís wort extract
standardized to 0.3 percent hypericin. As recent research
has suggested that its constituent hyperforin may play a
significant role in its antidepressant effects, many recommend
products that have reliable hyperforin contents. The oil-based
preparations of St. Johnís wort are commonly used for treating
wounds and burns.
primary side effect of St. Johnís wort is photosensitivity,
especially in fair-skinned people. St. Johnís wort seems
to make certain people more sensitive to the Sun.
is important to always consult a licensed healthcare provider
if you are thinking of using St. Johnís wort or other dietary
supplements to treat any health condition. As recent research
has suggested that St. Johnís wort may interfere with the
metabolism of certain pharmaceutical drugs, informing your
healthcare provider of its use can help them to evaluate
any potential drug-supplement interactions.
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