St John's Wort
This herb has long been used as a protective plant, warding off everything from evil spirits and sickness to lightning. It was once carried to increase courage and endurance. So the next time you run a marathon – take some sprigs of St John’s wort with you.
St John’s wort is used so extensively to treat anxiety and depression that it has earned the nickname ‘natural Prozac’. In addition to being an antidepressant it is also an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Internally it is an effective treatment for painful joint and nerve conditions. Externally, it is used to treat wounds and burns and to heal scars and damaged skin.