St. John’s wort is a plant with small green pointed leaves and yellow flowers. Both the leaves and the flower have been used in traditional European medicine as far back as the ancient Greeks. It is also very popular in South Amarica and the Caribbean as a medicinal substance.The name St. John’s wort apparently has some biblical reference, as the plant blooms around the time of the feast of St. John the Baptist in late June.
Historically, St. John’s wort has been used for a variety of conditions, including kidney and lung ailments, insomnia, and depression, and to aid wound healing.
Currently, St. John’s wort is promoted for depression, menopausal symptoms, and other conditions. Topical use (applied to the skin) of St. John’s wort is promoted for various skin conditions, including wounds, bruises, and muscle pain.