The wort is a perennial plant with bright yellow inflorescences. In the Middle Ages it was common to burn the herb in the house presumably inhabited by the devil, believing that the smell was unbearable singed St John's wort for Satan, and fled in terror.
Vegetation is a plant right across the peninsula and prefers uncultivated land, fresh meadows, streams and mountain trails. It abounds in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The plant flowers from May onwards, the flowering tops are harvested in full bloom and sunny weather, which is normally coincide with the end of June. Once harvested the tops and upper stem, are dried in the shade, airy.
St. John's wort has an essential oil, tannins and hydrocarbons. This plant is attributed to many properties, but especially that of being a good healer and antiseptic, astringent and vulnerary; is also a plant has slightly sedative and antidepressant properties, although very slight. It is indicated for the treatment of anxiety, depression, diarrhea, asthma, peptic ulcer and hemorrhoids. However, it has a substance, hypericin, which consumed in large doses can cause photosensitization phenomena, with sunburn, burns and even ulceration, so it is recommended not to abuse preparations of hypericum (although the unintended effect is being studied in depth as it could be useful in certain types of skin diseases such as vitiligo). In any case, its use should be subject to medical control.
Ointment. A liter of olive oil are added 200 gr. Of each of the following plants: St John's wort, calendula, plantain and yarrow minor, is cooked over low heat for 3-5 hours, cooled, filtered and stored in an airtight jar away from light, otherwise you could rancid. Is applied directly to the bruised area with a gentle massage.
Infusion. In one liter of boiled water 30 gr. Of flowering tops, the liquid is quenched, filtered, sweetened, and drinks to cups throughout the day.
Fluid extract. At a rate of 35-45 drops of extract 3 times a day. It also exists in the market dry.
Wort oil. Very useful for wounds, ulcers and burns. It is prepared with 125 gr. Of flowering tops, 250 gr. Olive oil and 125 wine, preferably white. Everything is macerated for 3-5 days, after which the mixture is heated in a water bath for 3 hours, filter the liquid and compresses soaked in this oil for local applications.
HABITAT: Fresh Meadows
PART USED: Sumidad florida
CASTILIAN: Pericón, hierba de las heridas
CATALAN: Pericó, herba foradada
BASQUE: Ostoargal, milaxilo
GALICIAN: Herba de San Xuan
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