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If you've been troubled by depression then you may be delighted to learn about the Saint John's Wort family. Saint John's Wort has become a well-known and effective herbal alternative to Prozak and other antidepressants. These are perennial herbs with simple, opposite leaves. The leaves are often covered with dark glands or clear dots. The petals are usually yellow, but may be tinged with red or orange spots. At least one species has pink blossoms. The flowers are regular and bisexual with 4 to 5 sepals, 4 to 5 petals, and 10 or more stamens. The ovary is positioned superior and consists of 3 to 5 united carpels (syncarpous) with the partition walls present, forming an equal number of chambers. It matures as a capsule.
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