St. John’s wort is a common meadowland plant that has been used as a medicine for centuries. Early European and Slavic herbals mention it. The genus name Hypericum is from the Latin word hyper, meaning “above,” and icon, meaning “spirit.” The herb was once hung over doorways to ward off evil spirits or burned to protect and sanctify an area.
The species name perforatum refers to the many puncturelike black marks on the underside of the plant’s leaves. Some sources say the plant is called St. John’s wort because it blooms on St. John’s Day (June 24); others say it was St. John’s favorite herb, and still others note that the deep red pigment in the plant resembles the blood of the martyred saint.
Whatever its name origin, St. John’s wort has a number of uses. It has been used to relieve muscle problems and to ease muscle injuries; it also reduces swelling and is used in certain herbal remedies to treat depression and anxiety.
The plant, especially its tiny yellow flowers, is high in hypericin and other flavonoid compounds. If you crush a flower bud between your fingers, you will release a burgundy red juice — evidence of the flavonoid hypericin. St. John’s wort oils and tinctures should display this beautiful red coloring, which indicates the presence of the desired flavonoids.
Uses for St. John’s wort
– anti-inflammatory for strains, sprains, and contusions,
– muscular spasms, cramps, and tension that results in muscular spasms,
– bioflavonoids in the plant serve to reduce vascular fragility and inflammation,
– since flavonoids improve venous-wall integrity, St. John’s wort is useful in treating swollen veins.
– may be ingested for internal bruising and inflammation or following a traumatic injury to the external muscles and skin.
– the oil is useful when applied to wounds and bruises or rubbed onto strains, sprains, or varicose veins.
– when rubbed onto the belly and breasts during pregnancy, the oil may also help prevent stretch marks.
– topical application is useful to treat hemorrhoids and aching, swollen veins that can occur during pregnancy.
– relieve anxiety and tension and to act as an antidepressant.
– for pelvic pain and cramping.
– many women who experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional disturbances during menopause may benefit from this herb’s use.
– several studies show that St. John’s wort has potential as a cancer-fighting drug. One study showed that mice injected with the feline leukemia virus were able to fight off the infection after just a single dose of St. John’s wort.
– cream for sore skin, inflamed rashes and cuts,
– tincture for shingles, cold sores and herpes.
– for dandruff,
– oily hair,
– inflamed skin,
– to calm,
– soothe the intestines,
– uplift mood,
– create euphoria,
– improve mental clarity,
– relieve muscular aches and pains,
– relieve menstrual discomfort
– relieve headach
Spiritual Uses: If you have been under extreme pressure. Are you doing the work you were born to do or doing the work you are suppose to do and hating every minute? Are you asking for help both physically and spiritually? St. John’s Wort clears tension related to those issues.
Do not take St. Johns Essential Oil internally.
COLLINS NATURE GUIDE (1996) ST. John’s Wort. Dieter Podlech. Herbs and healing plants Munich: HarperCollinsPublishers;
“The illustrated encyclopedia of healing remedies” by C.Norman Shealy