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St. John's wort - Hypericum pictures

St. John's wort (Hypericum} plant's common name comes from its traditional flowering and harvesting on St John's day (24 June), though in some regions, it flowers from mid to late summer. Its pretty, bright yellow flowers with clusters of feathery gold stamens are a sensational view on roadsides and large meadows.
The dark green leaves have oil glands which look like tiny perforations on their undersides.
St John's wort is widely known as a herbal treatment for depression. In some countries, such as Germany, it is commonly prescribed for mild depression.


Medicinal Action and Uses

Aromatic, astringent, resolvent, expectorant and nervine. Used in all pulmonary complaints, bladder troubles, in suppression of urine, dysentery, worms, diarrhoea, hysteria and nervous depression, haemoptysis and other haemorrhages and jaundice. For children troubled with incontinence of urine at night an infusion or tea given before retiring will be found effectual; it is also useful in pulmonary consumption, chronic catarrh of the lungs, bowels or urinary passages. Externally for fomentations to dispel hard tumours, caked breasts, ecchymosis.

15 comments:

leavesnbloom said...

Hi Maia

I think St Johns Wort is a wonderful herbal remedy. I love your blooms - my granddad used to grow this variety - I think its the low growing one you have here but it spread everywhere. I used to love its little flowers with all those stamens sticking out of it. Wonderful pics.


I've no post ready for the meme - still thinking what to submit - going to the show tommorrow after all but I've already got some cool photos from the palace to show you at some stage next week. :) Rosie

Ashley Sisk said...

As always, such beautiful shots! And to respond to your comment...yeah, I agree - office snails don't have much selling potential.

Kramer said...

Lovely images, like the brilliant yellow. I'm still trying to catch insects as well as you do.

bfarr said...

Such a bright, friendly flower. Makes sense that it is used to calm the senses. Great shots.

AL said...

St. Johns Wort is similar to the guava flower only the guava flower is white but it has also has many medicinal uses. I know these flowers are created for a purpose and not only for beautification. Thanks for sharing.

Icy BC said...

I love looking at St. John's wort flowers! Yours are gorgeous!

dancingmatilda said...

this is a lovely bright flower...but it didn't know it was st johns wort...i have heard about it but didn't really know it's use...i'm glad i know now, might have to try it. wonderful captures!!

Greyscale Territory said...

A wonderful collection of photos capturing the radiance of the yellow!

Indrani said...

Very informative post. Beautiful captures too.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Those details are just so exciting. Sunshine kissed these flower photos, they are glorious.

Dani said...

majestically beautiful flowers. Great captures.

Jayne said...

I love that St. John's Wort. I didn't know it had medicinal qualities, as well as beauty. The photo with the bee is wonderful.

Beverley Baird said...

What gorgeous shots of the flower and the bee! Great info on the plant as well!

Lui said...

Wow! The flower is so beautiful and to think it has all those medicinal properties! I better start looking for some of those here! Thanks for the info!

Mylene said...

Those are beautiful yellow flowers :)

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