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St Johns Wort: Growing, harvesting, extract

Posted by bossdude (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 14, 07 at 19:58

I would like to know how/when I would know that st johns wort was ready to harvest, also what parts of it should I use?
Should it be used for tea or in a vaporizer?

I am using it for a type of anxiety and I noticed in the studies they mention that an 0.3 % Hypericum, will that amount still be in homegrown st johns and if so how much of a plant should I use per dose/

Thank you for anyone able to answer any of these questios, sorry for the bombardment

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RE: St Johns Wort: Growing, harvesting, extract

Make sure you have the correct type of St. John's - Hypericum perforatum. There are ornamental cultivars that don't have the same medicinal quality. Generally, the tops of the flowering plants are picked at full bloom. When you pick, your fingers will turn purple or red from the oils. I suggest you find a good herbalist or other health care practitioner to help you with your anxiety. Tinctures are often the way this herb is dispensed. The standardization you refer to has been shown to be inaccurate. At first, it was thought that St. J should have 0.3% hypericum and many jumped on that bandwagon. Then, it was thought it was hyperiflouricin that was the active ingredient. Now, many are coming to realize what herbalists have said all along, there are many chemical constituents in whole plant extracts and we just don't know which ones to test for yet. Use the whole plant (good tincture) to get the full range of benefit and all the synergistic qualities. Good luck.

RE: St Johns Wort: Growing, harvesting, extract

While St. John's wort has shown effectiveness in some studies for mild to moderate depression, I haven't seen any good evidence that it is effective in treating anxiety.

I'm also unaware of any research showing that whole plant extracts of SJW work better on any condition than specific ingredients, so documentation of this would be appreciated.

RE: St Johns Wort: Growing, harvesting, extract

Thanks much guys-
My friend just showed me an herbal tea version of st johns(from yogi company) and one tea bag holds nearly the 900 grams of reccomended st johns serving, also present per serving is 27 grams of hympercum extract, do you think this is as much or good alternative as tinctures?

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