*St. John's Wort - Flowering Tops (Beeyoutiful modified)
St. John's Wort has a rich and ancient history, and has become popular in our modern society as a mood elevator. One of its ancient names, Hypericum, is derived from the Greek and means "over the spectre," referring to its seemingly magical ability to lift darkness from the spirit.
The herb was believed in past times to possess attributes that supported the physical as well as spiritual aspects of a person. We now know that the active properties support both neurological function, as well as physical healing in cases of injury. Millspaugh (American Medicinal Plants, 1892) wrote, "It is to the nervous system what arnica is to the muscular," and reported that many cases of injury to the cranium and the spinal column had benefited by its use.
Modern herbalists have found that, taken internally, St. John’s Wort has a sedative and pain reducing effect. It is especially well regarded as an herb to lift the burden of depression, and particularly useful where there are hormonal changes or fluctuations triggering depression, irritability, and anxiety.
Used externally, St. John's Wort is valued for its ability to encourage rapid healing. When used in an ointment, it contains properties that encourage healing of wounds and bruises, varicose veins, and mild burns. The flowering tops are considered to contain the most beneficial properties; an oil infused with the tops will develop a rich, red hue that is pleasing to the eye as well as being a beneficial healing oil.
Tinctures are considered the best method to draw out St. John's Wort's properties for internal use, but it can also be used in tea combinations. Of course, it can be made into many other types of internal and external remedies. Poultices, for instance, are another very popular way of using this herb.
We recommend getting the advice of a certified herbalist about a specific situation before implementing use of St. John's Wort for emotional and mental wellbeing. Consult your care provider and pharmacist before adding St. John's Wort to any existing protocols or medications you may already be using.
St. John's Wort Soothe N Calm Oil
2/3 cup dried St. John's Wort Flowers
1 cup Almond, Olive or Coconut Oil
Place St. John's Wort Flowers and carrier oil of choice in a glass container and tightly seal. Keep on a windowsill or warm spot and shake daily for 4 weeks. Strain flowers through cheesecloth and squeeze to extract every last bit of beneficial oil; discard flowers. Store tightly covered. Use oil as often as needed.
St. John's Wort Tincture
1/2 cup dried St. John's Wort Flowers
1 cup (minimum 50 proof) vodka
Combine dried flowers and vodka in a glass jar. Seal tightly. Shake daily for a minimum of 4 weeks (up to 6 weeks for maximum potency). Strain through fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Flowers can be squeezed in cheesecloth or fine mesh bag to extract every last bit; discard flowers. Store tightly covered.
Note: Please see your healthpractitioner or herbalist prior to taking St. John's Wort as it may interact with several medications and treatment protocols.
Pregnancy/Lactation: Please do not use St. John's Wort while pregnant or nursing, or with young children.
Storage: Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container.