St. Johns Wort

COMMON NAME

Standardized: St. John’s wort

BOTANICAL NAME

Hypericum perforatum L.
Plant Family: Clusiaceae

OVERVIEW

Hepericum perforatum is one of many species known commonly as St John’s Wort, and is the species most commonly associated with herbal medicine. It is native to Europe but has since been naturalized to other temperate climates around the world, with particular prominence in North America. The plant is a creeping perennial, producing star-shaped yellow flowers containing long, abundant stamens. St John’s Wort is traditionally harvested near the beginning of the flowering cycle on St John’s Day, which falls annually on June 24th. The flowers continue blooming throughout the summer and may be freely harvested throughout the season.

Considered a holy herb, St John’s Wort was employed for a number of folkloric uses during the Middle Ages. It was once believed that the herb helped to protect people from curses, demons, and lightning.

In contrast to its many uses, some countries have identified St John’s Wort as an invasive species and noxious weed. Though useful to humans, it can be dangerous to livestock, sprouting up in pastures and causing photosensitivity to the grazing animals that feed upon it. Ingestion of the plant may lead to health complications and even death.

St. John’s wort helps promotes a healthy mood and emotional balance.*

USES AND PREPARATIONS

Traditionally used as a tea, sometimes available in tea bags; also used to make a red St. John’s oil for use in liniments and lotions, but only from fresh material. May also be administered as a capsule or extract for convenience.

CONSTITUENTS

Hypericin and related compounds, rutin, bitters, and tannins.

HERBAL MISCELLANY

St John’s Wort is traditionally used to support healthy mood and promote emotional well-being. Numerous clinical trials have studied the efficacy of St John’s Wort in this capacity, with most of them showing positive results that are comparable to conventional treatments.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: Not to be used during phototherapy. Fair-skinned persons should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight during use. May decrease the blood levels of certain orally administered drugs. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking with medications.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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When in Rome – My Top Picks

When in Rome – My Top Picks

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If you are lucky enough to have any time at all in Rome, there are a few things you really need to see.  Ideally,  I would recommend at least 4 or 5 days to get a nice feel for the city.  Once, we visited Rome for just a day trip excursion from a cruise, and it was very unsatisfactory.  Too much traffic, too many crowds, and not enough time!  If you truly have just the one day, it will be worth it to hire a private tour guide with skip the line access to take you around the Eternal City.  You will be eternally grateful (haha!).

Rome dome of St. Peter's Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

When in Rome, there are certain sights that you really should not miss.  These are my top picks.  (Photos are all my own except where otherwise noted):

Rome colosseum interior Interior of Colosseum

  1. The Colosseum – This may be the first image…

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Bassano del Grappa: Italian pride

Bassano del Grappa: Italian pride

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Bassano del Grappa is an italian city tourists hardly ever hear of, and the purpose of this article is persuading you to consider it for your next trip.

Bassano is gorgeous. It rises on Brenta river and owes a lot to it: Ponte di Bassano (also referred as Ponte Vecchio to recognize it from Ponte Nuovo, or Ponte degli Alpini), originally built by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio and refurbished and rebuilt multiple times, is the symbol of the city; there are paths and beaches on both sides of the river, where fishermen and locals always hang out at. The city center is beautiful with its three squares where lots of events such as the beautiful Carnival, Christmas market and cultural lectures take place. It is filled with shops, restaurants, drogherie (a special kind of food shop that is gradually disappearing) and popular cafés.

bassano_del_grappa_piazza_della_liberta  

Thanks to Wikimedia Commons.

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Immerse yourself in history (but not the water) at Roman Baths of Bath, England.

Oh, the Places We See . . .

Looking into the Great Bath at England's Roman Baths. Looking into the Great Bath at England’s Roman Baths.

One of the main attractions, if not THE main attraction, in Bath, England is the 2,000-year-old site of the Roman Baths.  It’s here that you can roam ancient ruins, soak up the culture of Aquae Sulis (named for the goddess Sulis) and photograph one of the best preserved sites in England.

The 2,000-year-old Roman Baths, restored and open for touring in Bath, England. The 2,000-year-old Roman Baths, restored and open for touring in Bath, England.

The Roman Baths haven’t always been this accessible.  Falling into ruin after the 5th century, the site was reconstructed in the 1800s by John Wood, the Elder and JohnWood, the Younger who also designed The Circus in Bath.  But if you meander along the pathways besides the Great Bath, you could be standing on the very stones where Romans once stood.

View from the Terrace of the Roman Baths View from the Terrace of the Roman Baths

The main attraction, of course, is…

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Dreaming of Ireland – Come along on my imaginary tour!

Dreaming of Ireland – Come along on my imaginary tour!

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Ireland seems to be on everyone’s “short list” lately, and with good reason!  It is absolutely gorgeous, the people are warm and friendly, our exchange rate is favorable, and there  isn’t a language barrier (for us English speaking folks). There is so much available to explore: culture, history, nature and (for my husband) golf!   Here is my list of must-see places for when the Mr and I finally get around to taking this trip.  They may appeal to you as well!

I will start in Northern Ireland, assuming a flight arriving into Belfast:

  1. Belfast– There is a major airport here, so it seems as good a place as any to begin.  Here, you can find the Titanic Museum, which is an extremely popular new museum, so it will be wise to visit early or late in the day and to buy tickets ahead on-line.

    titanic-belfast1 photo from titanicuniverse.com

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