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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

(Hypericum perforatum)
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CAUTION! The use of this herb can produce photosensitivity over the long term. Individuals using it should avoid strong sunlight.

The flowers contain a fluorescent red pigment (hypericin) which oozes like blood from the crushed yellow flowers.

HARVEST: Flowers and leaves.

Leaves are astringent and have been used on burns and bites.
Primary herb for occasional depression, but not used for chronic depression.
Extract shows promise as antiviral against AIDS. Effective against staph infections.
Has been used for flu, asthma, burns, and bruises.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH