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St. Johns Wort is an herb that is a native of Europe but can also be found growing in the United States and Canada. It can be found growing on roadsides, in meadows or in forest areas. Interesting enough, it is called St. Johns Wort because it blooms around June 24th each year, which is the birthday of John the Baptist. It has been used for ailments for thousands of years and even is mentioned in Ancient Greek texts. Its yellow flowers, which measure about 2.5 cm and have five petals, and its leaves are used to make medicines in pill and capsule forms.
This herb is used to help many conditions including depression, anxiety, insomnia and loss of appetite. People with these conditions may get some benefit from this herb. It has also been used to help with headaches, exhaustion, as a stop smoking aid and to combat menopause and the symptoms associated with it. It has also been used for inflammatory skin conditions as well as wounds, abrasions and general muscle pain. Centuries of users of St. Johns Wort have benefited from this herbal supplement.