Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

St. Johns Wort treats depression

St. John’s Wort extract is effective as an anti-deprSt. John's Wortessant in the management of mood disorders.  Because the herb has an important side effect of increased photosensitivity, it may be best to consider St. John’s Wort as a winter time remedy.  Although internal use of St. John’s Wort increases one’s sensitivity to the sun, when applied to the skin St. John’s Wort Oil acts as a sunscreen.  What a beautiful balance offered by one herb!

See research here.

St. John’s Wort is also potentially effective against MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).  See related post here.

Note of Caution:

St. John’s Wort can alter the metabolism of pharmaceuticals that you are taking concurrently.  Speak with your acupuncturist, herbalist or other health care practitioner before beginning internal use of St. John’s Wort to be certain it is right for you.


  1. [...] Of the great many herbal botanicals that act like antibiotics, two herbs in particular currently show a promising ability to treat antibiotic resistant staph infections like MRSA.  These two herbs are Tumeric (Curcuma) and St. John’s Wort (Hypericum).   These medicinals can be used internally or externally as a skin soak.  Tumeric, a common cooking ingredient especially in Indian food, stains the skin bright orange and is probably best used internally.  St. John’s Wort is very well known for its ability to treat depression.  See related post here. [...]

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