Episode 9: Benefits of St. John's Wort


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Episode Summary

There is much clinical evidence of the health benefits of St. John’s Wort for the nervous system, the liver, the skin, and more! However, there also are some significant cautions to be aware of with this plant. In this episode, I’ll also be showing you how to avoid St. John’s Wort side effects while working safely with the many gifts St. John’s Wort has to offer.


While modern science is racing to market the “one” herb (or constituent) for depression, herbalists are keen to recognize that herbs are best chosen for the person and not the disease. That’s why you won’t hear a lot of herbalists say that St. John’s Wort is THE herb for depression; but instead it’s an herb for certain kinds of depression.

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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [00:47] Introduction to St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

  • [01:57] Benefits of St. John’s Wort for the nervous system

  • [06:05] St. John’s Wort promotes liver health and moves liver stagnation 

  • [08:16] St. John’s Wort is a diuretic

  • [08:54] St. John’s Wort heals wounds and injuries

  • [09:41] Experiences working with St. John’s Wort oil for sun damaged skin

  • [13:59] Let’s talk about St. John’s Wort isolated constituents

  • [14:30] How to identify St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

  • [15:40] How to harvest St. John’s Wort

  • [16:20] St. John’s Wort preparations

  • [17:31] How to avoid St. John’s Wort side effects

  • [19:26] St. John’s Wort Fun Fact 



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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and has taught thousands of students through her online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here.