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Herb of the Month: St John's Wort!
Herb of the Month- Meet St. John's Wort #vervainHOTM!
St. John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) What is St. John's Wort?
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) often blooms around the summer solstice and can be identified by its bright yellow flowers and pinprick perforated-looking leaves that "let the light shine through." It has been used for centuries by herbalists for its mystical qualities: St. John's Wort ("SJW") was associated with fairies and witches (female herbalists?) and many people believed it served as protection from demons and evil spirits. From at least the sixteenth century to the present day, herbalists have used SJW preparations to treat wounds, alleviate depression and "melancholy," and soothe burns, sore muscles, and nerve pain. SJW has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties, and is such a powerful liver detoxifier that some pharmaceuticals are cleared from the liver before they have had a chance to work (it's important to check the contraindications of your Rx if you're adding SJW to your healthcare regimen).
St. John's Wort Infused Oil
To make the infused oil, pick the buds from the plant and pack them loosely in a half-pint canning jar, filling it almost to the top. Fill the jar with a carrier oil, stir well, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Check the oil every day for several weeks to make sure all plant parts are covered with oil. Once the oil has turned to a brilliant dark red, strain off the flowers and store in a dark, cool location.
Identification & Harvesting
As soon as SJW starts poppin' in our area, crush some of the bright yellow blooms between your fingers and if your fingers turn blood red, you've found Hypericum perforatum! Another identifying feature is the pinpoint holes in the leaves that "let the light shine in" so cheerfully. SJW is an invasive species so feel free to wildcraft this magical herbal ally, and make your own potent plant medicine!
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Vervain carries St. John's Wort oil, bulk herb & tincture among other wonderful, uplifting blends.
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