What is Hypericus, what are its nutrients and benefits?
Scientific name: Hypericum perforatum
Higher classification: Hypericum
The Hyperic is a perennial and robust shrub, composed of small, oval, elongated and perforated leaves, and has golden flowers.
For centuries the plant has been used as a laxative, diuretic, anti-thermal, healing, neuralgia, insomnia, headache, gastritis, hemorrhoids, tetanus, mental illness, and even for some cancers. However, its main and most effective benefit is in fighting depression.
Nutrients: Hypericum, also known as St. John’s wort, contains essential oil, tannins, resins, pectin, flavonoids, prociandin, catechins, phytosterols, vitamin C, carotenes, amino acids, and saponins. The main substance responsible for the benefits is hypericin and its phytocomplexes. It has soothing action and so researchers believe it is able to fight depression.
Anxiety: Due to its high concentration of hypericin and hyperforin, it is highly indicated for the treatment of mild anxiety. Use this treatment, however, always upon medical consultation.
Skin oiliness: The oil extracted from this plant has astringent properties that help maintain the proper level of skin oils. Applied to the dermis, acts as a normalizer of oil levels, and is a great regenerator in cases of wounds and burns.
Stomach problems: One of the substances in the hypericum, hypericin, fights the acidity of the stomach, which ends up treating the resulting problems such as upset stomach, heavy digestion, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Toxins: Another substance found in this plant is limonene, which, due to its diuretic properties, ends up facilitating the elimination of toxins from the body.
Depression: This is one of the most common uses of hyperics, as well as showing the best results. The substances present in this plant act directly in the fight against depression, but without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. However, the use of hyperics in these cases should be adopted for long periods to demonstrate any results.