With all the supplements and herbs out there on the market now-a-days I think we should look into herbal safety. Thankfully, there is a site on this subject.
The Introduction to this site is well worth reading. It not only explains why this site exists but also gives great reasons on why you should be careful about using herbal supplements.
Scientific Monograms – this gives you a list of the common plant names with their scientific name. Clicking on the name will take you to a page with a picture of the herb, and some information.
Herbal Fact Sheet – here you will find another list of herbs, and you can click on them to get in-depth information. (Including what it is used to treat, what medicines it interacts poorly with, and so on.)
I take St. John’s Wort in the winter. It is used to alleviate mild depression. Why do I take it? Well I was told that it eased depression brought on by the lack of sun in the winter. It was recommended by a friend of mine. Having read up on the herb, on this site, I realize I should have checked it out sooner. My friend had the right of it-St. John’s Wort is a mild anti-depressant, it also has several other great benefits to it. But it also does not mix well with certain medications and I found out that:
“People taking more than 1800 mg. of SJW a day, should exercise caution if exposed to direct sunlight or ultra violet light for prolonged periods of time, since a skin reaction may occur, causing blistering and dermatitis, especially in light-skinned individuals.”
I couldn’t figure out why I was getting burned in the winter on my face. I thought at first it was wind burn, but now I think it was probably the St. John’s Wort.
Check this site out, if you take herbal supplements, or even if you are thinking about taking herbal supplements. It could save your life, or at least make things click like it did for me.