St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is the medicinal plant of 2019
St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is medicinal plant of the year 2019. The plant was chosen by a jury on behalf of the NHV Theophrastus. "It can be used in many ways and is a real blessing as a remedy for today's widespread depression," said Konrad Jungnickel, first chairman of the association.
The medicinal plant is used internally, among other things, in the field of mental illnesses and for indigestion, externally for wound healing and skin care. "St. John's wort oil as a gentle aid for burns should not be missing in any medicine chest," advises Jungnickel. Paracelsus, the best-known doctor of the late Middle Ages, described St. John's wort as "... a universal medicine for the whole person."
However, contradicting statements about effectiveness, side effects and interactions keep unsettling the population. In this regard, alternative practitioner Christina Schäfer, chair of the jury, justified her decision: “A medicinal plant that has lived and suffered through such an odyssey deserves to be repeatedly recognized and viewed under various aspects of naturopathy, even if it was already a medicinal plant of 2015 . With this free program, NHV Theophrastus wants to strengthen people's trust in this tried and tested medicinal plant. "