Why St. John’s Wort Heals Body and Mind

Why St. John's Wort Heals Body and Mind

Herbal “rock star” David “Avocado” Wolfe is a major advocate of the way St. John’s Wort heals body and mind. Naturally, it deserves a place in this blog post by David centered around the most powerful healing herbs. St. John’s Wort is commonly used to treat mild depression, and contains Quercetin, a flavonol that is commonly found in fruits and vegetables.

David writes:

St. John’s Wort is a common over the counter natural remedy for mild to moderate depression. Its active principle is now believed to be the yellow supernutrient quercetin. Quercetin works epigenetically, by influencing favorable, healthy genes to express themselves.
  • Quercetin makes us feel happy.
  • Quercetin extends the life span of animals in laboratory studies.
  • Quercetin is found in all fresh fruits and vegetables, however, it is particularly concentrated in St. John’s wort, capers, and onions.
  • Quercetin shows promise in lowering cardiovascular risk and decreasing atherosclerosis.
  • Quercetin shows promise for reducing cancer risk by working epigenetically to block cancer-development at the cellular level.
  • Quercetin also favorably modifies immune function and protects the body from viruses and harmful bacteria.
  • Quercetin reduces the impact of allergies and related lung conditions.
  • Quercetin is easily absorbed and has no known side effects.
St. John’s Wort comes in teas, capsules, and tinctures. One can easily find these at pharmacies, natural health stores, or online. Also, in temperate climates where it snows from North America to Europe to Asia, St. John’s Wort is a readily available wild edible plant in the summer whose flowers are a delicious part of any salad or berry bowl.

People in rural Greece take the St. John’s Wort plant and soak it in olive oil in the Sun for 30 days to create a potent skin-healing ointment that they also sip on every day. After 30 days this tonic turns red, probably due to a reaction between carbon in the oil and yellow quercetin. In Greece they call this tonic Valsamolado.


Even if you already know a good deal about herbs, Wolfe’s rich and comprehensive explanations are brimming with information about nutrition and legacy that may not be common knowledge — learn about 5 more healing herbs over at DavidWolfe.com!

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