St. John’s Wort, Medicine for the People | w. Herbalist Yarrow Willard
✨St. John’s wort. ✨ (Hypericum perforatum)
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St. Johns Wort always flowers around the summer solstice and has 5 petaled yellow flowers, with opposite leaf structure.
When viewed from the top of the stems the leaves create a perfect cross which was symbolized in folk lore as an offering of protection from witchcraft and super natural forces.
Hypericum comes from the Greek word to place “above the icon” suggesting the service consider to protect people against demons and witchcraft.
Perforatum comes from when you hold the leaf up to the light you see little perforations. This plant is also suggested to be used for pins and needles, nerve damage and perforation of the skin. As well as to protect from psychic perforation and attacks.
In the past it was used the universal medicine for helping get rid of psychic energies of possessions attachments and spooks. It was applied for many forms of insanity, helping conditions like epilepsy, schizophrenia, hallucinations and paralysis.
The Europeans brought it over to North America in the 1800s. Was said to be perfume of the gods and flower of the fairies.
Many Native American tribes soon revered the plant.
Used for pulmonary complaints, bladder trouble, dysentery, worms diarrhea, depression, jaundice and cancer in the 18th century
St. John’s wort’s benefit is considered to be from its essential oils, resins, tannins and flavonoids, as well as alkaloids such as hypericin, which it is commonly standardized to in the market place.
It has anti bacterial and antiviral, anti inflammatory properties. Making it great for wounds, burns, sprains and strains, varacose veins, bruising and inflammation both internally or externally.
When rubes on externally it has been used to treat stretch marks by pregnant women. As well as haemorrhoids, and aching swollen veins.
Much for the modern use of this plant is for anxiety and depression.
It is thought to be an Mao inhibitor, though now there is some conflicting info on that. More research is being done.
There is no doubt it has alleviated mood disorders for literally hundreds of thousands of patients. It has been difficult to determine how this plant really works, though it has been observed that and cloudy years the chemical levels are lower then sunny ones. This could explain how it works on depression. Isn’t depression like a cloud overshadow in a persons life? Saint Johns wort appears to bring rays of sunshine into those cloudy situation, acting like a solar battery that helps work with SAD (seasonal affected disorder) conditions.
In the 80s was rarely used for depression and principally known as an antiviral.
Used for AIDS and HIV. Helping function to destroy virus particularly effective for retroviruses. Since large dosing can have adverse effects it is believed that this herb looks more on the subtle body’s been on the physical body of the person
after much extensive research in Germany is eventually confirmed that it had antidepressant qualities.
Homoeopathically this plant is used for injuries to nerves especially fingers and toes excessive pain promise and anxiety. Especially pain when there was some type of traumatic psychological attachment to it such as being cut, a dramatic after birthing a child or falling from heights.
Cautions with this plant are that in some groups of people (3% approx.) St. John’s wort may cause photosensitivity.
Matthew woods suggests St. John’s wort is a great remedy for the solar plexus center is often associated with self-esteem. Also helping to improve got level in stinks especially with people dealing with unconscious sensitivities.
Energetics -bitter sweet mild and cold properties. cleansing damp heat, dispels heat, removes toxins.
Homes lists it as bitter Sweet and astringent cool drying properties secondary characteristics of relaxing, restoring, astringing and stimulating
Enters the lung, intestine kidneys, bladder meridian