St. John’s Wort is a beautiful, precious plant without which the plant world as we know it would be unimaginable. Such a treasure could have been created only by someone whose wisdom and generosity is beyond our imagination. The very name “St. John’s Wort” immediately suggests that this plant is perceived as a consoler, patron, the one who creates life and revives, as it was named after an ancient herbal protector, St. John the Baptist.
Properties and Use
This plant holds in itself an entire wonderful microcosmos of miraculous properties. There is literally no part of the human body or psyche to which St. John’s Wort is not beneficial.
Its antibacterial and antiviral properties have been proven in clinical trials, so keep that in mind if you find yourself in case of infection.
St. John’s wort will help with a weakened immune system and all kinds of viruses, skin infections, wounds, cuts, bruises and even wrinkles, as it will regenerate the skin within an incredibly short time frame.
Keep St. John’s wort in mind if you need to boost your metabolism by gently purifying blood and blood plasma, regenerate the digestive, urinary or respiratory systems, and stimulate and nourish the genitourinary or endocrine systems.
Even in cases of gout, Crohn’s disease, herpes, asthma, or bacterial infections, St. John’s wort can be very effective: all you need to do is regularly drink St. John’s wort tea, massage the painful areas and apply its oil to the wounds.
St. John’s Wort and Depression
The most common use of St. John’s wort nowadays is probably in the treatment of depression, the plague of our time.
It is important not to use antidepressants and herbal remedies at the same time!
Mixing the two would lead to overlapping and confusion of chemical receptors that would not know what to do with so many substances. In this case the receptors may simply stop processing these substances, causing the serotonin level in the brain to significantly drop, which is followed by even worse feelings of depression. The receptors might also act in a completely opposite manner, processing too many active substances, which creates a sensation of irritability and anxiety that pushes the already distressed psyche even further toward the edge.
If taken independently and according to prescribed doses, St. John’s wort is a very effective remedy for treating moderate depression. As with chemical drugs, it should take effect in 3-6 weeks (since that much is needed for a constant level of active substances to accumulate in the body).
Healing properties of St. John’s wort have not yet been fully grasped, although it is one of the most examined plants in the world.
It is well-known that the levels and content of hypericin play a major role when it comes to its healing properties, yet nature is remarkably wiser than our little curious minds can fathom.
Instead of trying to copy and “analyse” the chemical composition of plants, we had better snap out of it and pick a stipe of a shimmering abloom yellow flower that will bestow upon us a blood-red cup of tea.
If drinking tincture, macerate, or tea in treatment of depression presents you with difficulty, you can opt for St. John’s Wort extract or hypericin capsules (a remedy standardized to contain an effective level of hypericin from the plant).
Methods of Application
St. John’s Wort Oil
There are many recipes, ratios, quantities, and harvest periods, but the following application stands out as particularly advantageous:
- Fill a jar with buds and flowers and leave them for a couple of hours or a day to wither a bit
- Afterwards pour 4 cups of cold-pressed olive oil (or another top-drawer oil – macadamia, almond, sesame, hazelnut) over the buds and flowers
- Close the jar well and leave it in the sun for 6 weeks, shaking it several times a day
- After 6 weeks, filter the oil at least twice through a thick linen cloth
The oil can be applied to scabs, rashes, face, various body parts, but also hemorrhoids. To satisfy your daily dose of active substances, you can freely drink 3 × 1 teaspoons of oil each day, with a piece of bread on the side – for the sake of taste.
This oil can also be used to massage painful limbs, treat wounds, burns and varicose veins.
Women suffering from chronic UTIs should put a tablespoon of oil on a small plate and let a tampon soak it up for 15-20 minutes. Then insert the tampon as usual. Change tampons 3 times a day and always use them freshly soaked, over a longer period of time.
In this way fungal and even bacterial and some viral diseases are successfully treated, the self-generating of this area is induced, and it also helps with fatigue and emotional problems related to the genitals.
St. John’s Wort Tincture
The procedure is the same as for macerates (infused oils), except for the main ingredient. Home-made rakia (70 percent alcohol) or vodka is used instead of oil. The rakia should be filtered and used 3 times a day in the amount of 30-40 drops diluted in a little water/tea.
The tincture prepared in this way is very likely to be standardized to total hypericin. St. John’s wort tincture can be taken orally without breaks over a long period of time, for a few months, causing no harmful consequences.
This tincture is used in treatment of bruises, sprains, gout, scratches, anxiety, fears…
St. John’s Wort Wine
St. John’s wort flowers may also be used to make healing wine.
A mixture of 40 grams of flowers and a 4 cups of high-quality wine should be kept in a warm place for a month. After that, the flowers should be decanted and wine slightly sweetened; the whole mixture should be filtered and the remaining wine from the flowers strained with a cheesecloth into the rest of the wine.
For better digestion, take 2 cups a day before meals.
Basic Recipe for Preparing St. John’s Wort Tea
Put 1 tablespoon of finely cut herb in the boiling water (2 dl), remove from heat, cover for 30-120 minutes (or at least 15 minutes) and drink 3 times a day if you are suffering from gastritis, stomach ulcer, diarrhea, liver diseases, jaundice, bladder inflammation, nerve disorders, headache, kidney problems, menstrual problems, anemia (when used with other herbs and medications), cough and the like.
This tea is also very good for treating depression, despondency, sadness and insomnia – in these cases it is advisable to regularly drink 4 cups of the tea for a longer period of time.
Trying out these remedies will warm your soul. After that, there is no end to the use of St. John’s wort. Use it to make your own facial creams or sweet liqueurs, and if you want, you can put a bouquet of its beautiful flowers on the table to bring you happiness or at least put a smile on your face.