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Hypericum hircinum


Hypericum hircinum

(Stinking St John’s wort)


Botanical info: 

Stinking St John’s wort is a medium-sized, semi-evergreen shrub that grows to 2 m tall, with many upright and spreading stems from the base, bearing oval, heavy scented leaves. It is naturally found in meadows, phrygana, and margins of cultivated lands. It is native to south Europe, southwest Asia, and northwest Africa. Flowering June to July. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Diseases of Women 2:

        a. Stinking St John’s wort fruit grinded is used for the treatment of sterility.  


Other uses: 

The genus includes many species that are used in the traditional medicine to treat pathological states like inflammations and infections caused by fungi.


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