St, John’s Wort
Bright yellow flowers in a flat-topped cluster. When rubbing the flowers between your fingers it will leave a red stain due to the oil glands in the flower petals, this is a good way of testing that you have the correct St. John's Wort. A good plant for a wild flower meadow or woodland area. Perennial. H:60cm W:spread 60cm
In the garden:
It was believed that if you stepped on the plant at twilight, you might be carried off on a magic horse and not be returned until daybreak ...
•±60cm; Spread: ±60cm.
• Full sun; Well drained, composted soil.
• Pick fresh leaves and flowers when in flower.
St. John's Wort may be beneficial in the following cases:
• Otitis media: Infused oil in ear help decrease inflammation.
• Nerve tonic, Sedative and Pain reducing effect.
• Neuralgia (facial and intercostal), Sciatica.
• Anxiety, Tension, Stress, Insomnia.
• Mild and moderate Depression.
• Helps nerves recover when damaged, inflamed or strained.
• Wound healer, Skin problems, Psoriasis, Eczema, Shingles, Minor burns, Varicose veins.
• Topical for Sunburn.
• Anti-microbial, Anti-viral.
• Gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulcers,
• Treatment of hemorrhoids.
• Menopause, Menstrual cramps.
Musculo / Skeletal System
• Mild painful conditions including arthritis and muscle inflammation, fibrositis.
• Ointments are also used for rheumatism and sciatica or back pain.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE:
• 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 min.
• 2-5 ml up to three times daily.
• Apply as needed to bruises, minor burns, psoriasis, varicose veins, and wounds.
• Apply locally to sunburn.
• The plant seems to be relatively safe in humans but care should be taken due to its photosensitizing abilities. This is the case particularly with regard to fair-skinned people.
• Do not take with Warfarin, Digoxin, Anti-convulsants, Other anti-depressants.