As an herb, St. John’s wort has many different names that it goes by such as rosin rose, goat weed, and chase devil. It grows in many different areas of Europe, Asia, and even parts of Russia. This perennial plant can grow one meter in height and produces yellow blooms. Although many may first see this plant as a weed, it can actually be gathered and used to brew a beneficial tea. Tea brewed from St. John’s wort can be applicable in various situations though it is most famously known for its uses in uplifting and improving mood.* In fact, St. John’s wort has been noted as one of the most commonly used herbal teas in the United States.
Historically, St. John’s wort tea was used to treat depression.*Today it is still commonly ingested as a supplement for mood improvement, particularly by those who are looking for an all natural and mild approach.* Studies regarding whether or not this tea is effective for cases of depression still remain inconclusive, though some have shown that St. John’s wort tea is no more effective than a placebo. Regardless, studies continue to be carried out regarding this, due to promising effects that have been found in other case studies. Other possible effects that this tea may be useful for include relieving mild feelings of worry and stress.*
Another benefit to drinking this tea is that it offers both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects on the body.* This is suspected to be largely due to the presence of hyperforin, a major constituent chemical that had been found present in St. John’s wort tea. These effects may make it useful for topical application to minor cuts, wounds, scrapes, bites, and abrasions to lessen inflammation and reduce chance of infection.*
Other reported benefits of drinking St. John’s wort tea include its ability to help reduce some of the discomforts that come with indigestion, heart burn, and high acidity levels in the digestive system.* Its potential to reduce stress may also be useful for improving digestion.* This herbal tea has also been noted to have effects such as suppressing appetite, which may be useful for those who are currently looking for added natural ways to assist with weight loss.*
Finally, St. John’s wort tea has also been noted to be useful for stimulating healthy blood circulation throughout the body.* Good blood circulation is essential for ensuring all the organs in your body receive an adequate amount of blood and oxygen. Although it may not be a natural remedy for poor blood circulation levels, the added support may prove useful regardless.* As always it is highly recommended to consult with a physician prior to drinking St. John’s wort tea if you are currently pregnant, nursing, or prescribed to medications.