St John’s wort: herbal help for depression?

While everyone has periods of sadness in their lives, nearly one in nine Canadian men and women will experience major depressive disorder—or “depression”—in their lives. This very serious mental disorder has potentially fatal results, making proper treatment a must.
Often, men and women with depression are prescribed pharmaceuticals, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). However, some individuals with depression may prefer to go a more natural route with their treatment, as these drugs may cause serious side effects.
St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is one such option. In her book Overcoming PMS the Natural Way, Dr. Marilyn Glenville discusses the plant’s well-documented anti-depressant effects, as well as its beneficial effects on the nervous system, tension, and anxiety.

St John’s wort grows in Europe, Asia and America. Its antidepressant effects come from its hypericin content, which has been studied by scientists for its efficacy against this mood disorder.

If you are interested in natural remedies for your depression, visit your doctor or naturopath—St John’s wort may interact with certain medications.

Here are some of our favourite St. John’s Wort supplements:

  1. NOW Foods’ St. John’s Wort Veggie Caps Vegetarian and easy-to-take, these capsules are an easy addition to your daily supplement routine.
  2. St. Francis Herb Farm St. John’s Wort Add this tincture to water to help relieve anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness.
  3. Omega Alpha St John’s Wort This concentrated liquid extract is allergen-free and perfect for mixing into juices or smoothies.
  4. Flora Health St. John’s Wort Juice Pressed from St. John’s blossoming herb, this organic juice formula is extremely easy to take.