St. John's Wort: benefits, properties and how to make the infusion

As we have explained to you on other occasions, the depression consists of a Depressive (emotional) disorder that affects our body, the way we think, our mood, and ultimately the way we perceive the reality that surrounds us at all times.

While it is true that there are pharmacological and medical treatments that are ideal and necessary when treating severe depressions, sometimes (especially in those cases in which we find slight or temporary depressions), it is a good idea to opt for natural antidepressants.

In this sense, the Grass of San Juan is one of those ideal antidepressant plants as an adjuvant in the treatment itself against depression.

The antidepressant benefits of St. John's wort

The ancient Greeks knew the antidepressant effects of the Grass of San Juan  (also known by the name of Hypericum), a plant that, in fact, already used as a natural remedy in cases of depression and transient anxiety.

The Grass of San Juan It contains hyperforin, an ingredient that helps fight depression, because it reduces their symptoms, as long as the depression is mild or moderate.

There are studies that, in fact, have proven and demonstrated their antidepressant virtues. However, it is not entirely clear that it may be useful in cases of severe depression.

It is characterized by having a mild antidepressant capacity, whose action seems to be based on the ability of hypericin (as well as other components of this plant itself), to inhibit types A and B of monoamine oxidase.

Thanks to this same inhibition, the level of some transmitters of nervous impulses in the brain is increased, especially those that maintain certain emotional stability and a good mood.

Currently we can meet with St John's wort extracts in herbalists and specialized stores.

How to take St. John's wort

At present we can find in herbolarios and specialized stores a great variety of brands that distribute and sell capsules of San Juan herb, or in dry form to take it in infusion.

The ideal is to always follow the indications and the leaflet of the same, in case we take it in the form of capsules. In the form of an infusion, the ideal is to drink one or two cups a day, preferably at rest.

And how to prepare the infusion of St. John's wort?

There is no doubt that its antidepressant benefits are due to its content in hyperforin, a derivative of phloroglucin to which effects are attributed to neurotransmitters and different nerve cells in the brain, inhibiting the recapture of noradrenaline, dopamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate.

That is why it helps to fight mild or moderate depression, by reducing its symptoms.


  • 2 teaspoons of San Juan dry grass
  • 1 cup of water

Preparation of the infusion:

  1. Boil the equivalent of a cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. When the water boils, add the teaspoons of St. John's wort.
  3. Leave boiling for 5 minutes.
  4. After this time, turn off the heat, cover and let rest another 3 minutes.
  5. Finally sneak and drink.

How to make an antidepressant infusion

In addition to going to a specialist to help the depressive person in their psychological treatment, also the infusions can be very useful. Today we want to propose a traditional recipe for natural antidepressant infusion.


  • 2 teaspoons of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of lavender
  • 1 teaspoon of St. John's wort
  • 1 liter of water

Preparation of the antidepressant infusion:

In a saucepan put a liter of water and the teaspoons of each plant and grass, and bring to a boil.

When it begins to boil, let boil 3 minutes. After this time, turn off, cover and let rest another 3 minutes.

Strain and serve in cups.

How to take this natural antidepressant infusion ?:

You can drink up to 3 cups a day of this infusion. If you tend to take it every day, remember to rest for 3 days to continue taking it. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor. ThemesInfusions Medicinal plants

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