St John's is a dear friend and ally which i have been taking for many years. I collect the upper stalk of leaves and flowers once they are in bloom in mid July. This is a perfect time to go out and wild craft St. John's Wort to make a tincture, a salve for burns and bruises or dried for tea.
St John's likes to grow in abundant sunlight in stands along the roadside, in meadows and at the edge of the forests. St john's is rich in volatile oil, flavanoids, and alkaloids (hypericin, hyperforin,) two of its most important chemical compounds, which have been extensively researched this past century, for what scientists believe act as the anti-depressant. St John's Wort actions are nervine, anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary (skin) anti-microbial, and anti-viral.
St John's is specifically an ally to restore the nerves, to lift the mind and to relieve depression and anxiety. Peter Holmes in the The Energetics of Western Herbs says St John's supports the kidneys, the adrenals and intestines due to tension and constraint, with deficiency. This would explain why St John's has been such a supportive and wonderful plant remedy for me. Peter Holmes shares in chronic conditions involving the whole nervous system, St John's nervous relaxant and nervous restorative abilities are especially suited to women in menopause, and for people in general who struggle with nervous tension, insomnia, irritability and depression. St John's also works well for people who work out often reducing lactic acid build up in their tissues after a vigorous yoga class or workout. Take one dropperful before and after practice to ease your bones.
The French speak of Millepertuis as a plant that shares good humor for those who take it. Oh St. John's to you, i am so deeply grateful. Come along and pick up a tincture of St John's Wort in the Dharani Dispensary, or use the herb to make a tea. The color and the aroma of St. John's Wort is truly divine. metta.
Dharani Healing Arts
Andrée Beauchamp C.N.H.P., H.T.A.
Accredited Therapeutic Herbalist
53 McMichael Street
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