Key Health Benefits
St John’s Wort has received much attention in clinical trials for mild to moderate depression. A number of studies have found it comparable to tricyclics and SSRIs, but with fewer side effects1. It has also demonstrated profound effects as an anti-viral in cases of enveloped viruses and retroviruses (such as HIV)2.
St John’s Wort has been used since ancient times for a range of health problems. It was used to treat ulcers, burns, wounds and abdominal pains, and was considered primarily for afflictions of the nervous system including nerve pain, hysteria and menopausal neurosis.
Nutrition Artisan: David Winston, Herbalists and Alchemists
Growing – Botanica’s St John’s Wort is always organic and eco-cultivated. Whenever possible, we source from crops grown in the USA. However, there are some environmental challenges that don’t always make that possible. In years, where USA-grown crops aren’t available, we will alter the country of origin but still maintain the strict criteria for quality. Before harvest, samples are tested to ensure the herb is at peak therapeutic activity.
Making – St. John’s Wort is received in its whole, fresh form, and is tested to ensure correct species and identity. It is then further tested for potency and purity, including for contaminants, such as herbicides, pesticides, molds, microbes, aflatoxins, and heavy metals. The St. John’s Wort is then soaked in certified organic, non-GMO, gluten free alcohol. No chemicals are used, such as hexane or benzene, which are often used in standard herbal preparations. When all the plant constituents are dissolved into the solvent, the unused plant matter is then separated out and reduced to a white ash. This matter is then rejoined with the original extract, thus maintaining all the valuable minerals present in the plants natural state. This is called a spagyric process. Finally, the formulation is complete. The finished product is then re-tested to ensure purity and potency.
Harrer G, Schulz V., “On the clinical investigation of the antidepressant effectiveness of Hypericum”, Nerveheilkundle, 1993 Oct, 12:271-3
Kraus GA, Pratt D, Tossberg J et al. Biochem Biophys Res Commun, 1990, 172(1): 149-153