Hypericum perforatum in history
Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St. John’s wort, is a commonly used herb for relief of stress, mild anxiety and mood-related symptoms. St. John’s wort is native to Europe, North Africa and western Asia.1
The value of St. John’s wort has been known for over 2000 years. Greek medical herbalists, such as Hippocrates, Galen and Dioscorides historically used this herb in various applications relating to nerve complaints.1
St. John’s wort continued to be used through the Middle Ages, however in the early 1500s, it was Paracelsus that exposed its benefits in supporting healthy mood and emotional balance.1 In the following centuries the use of St. John’s wort spread across Europe and other continents and became more widely used to help relieve mild anxiety, stress, and support a healthy mood.