Raw materials

Hypericum (Flowers)
Erba con fiori hypericum perforatum l. erba di s.giovanni, cacciadiavoli, pilatro, rosa di saron, barba di aronne, mille buchi, pirico, palico, erba trona, erba dell’olio rosso hypericum perforatum herb with flower st. john’s wort hypericaceae erba con fiori

DESCRIPTION

Perennial medicinal plant, easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Species plants prefer sandy or gravelly soils in sunny areas.
It typically grows from a woody, branched rootstock to 1-3’ tall, and features a showy display of star-shaped, yellow flowers that bloom in pyramidal compound cymes in summer (June-August). Each flower has 5 yellow petals peppered with black dots, a pistil with 3 styles and a center boss of bushy yellow stamens. Stem-clasping, elliptic to oblong leaves to have translucent dots and black marginal punctations.

PROVENANCE

East Europe (Albania) and grown soon in Valle d’Aosta (Italy).

USE

Since ancient times, hypericum plants have been used as herbal treatments for a variety of medical problems including externally for wounds, inflammations, burns, skin disorders, and nerve pain and internally for anxiety, depression and insomnia. Flowers are typically in bloom on the birthday of St. John the Baptist (June 24). The active ingredient in the leaves and flowers is hypercin.

HARVEST PERIOD

Middle of June, middle of August.