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In the Garden | Cosmetic | Medicinal use
Popular garden varieties
St. John's Wort Flower
St. John's Wort
In the Garden
It was believed that if you stepped on the plant at twilight, you might be carried off on a magic horse and not be returned until daybreak ....
- Perennial, Evergreen, Frost tolerant,
- Height: ±60cm; Spread: ±60cm,
- Bright yellow flowers in a flat-topped cluster. When rubbing the flowers between your fingers it will leave a red stain due to the oil glands in the flower petals, this is a good way of testing that you have the correct St. John's Wort,
- A good plant for a wildflower meadow or woodland area,
- Full sun; Well drained, composted soil,
- Pick fresh leaves and flowers when in flower,
- Use with bathwater for a soothing and healing treatment,
Medicinal use ...
St. John's Wort may be beneficial in the following cases:
- Otitis media: Infused oil in ear help decrease inflammation,
- Nerve tonic, Sedative and Pain reducing effect,
- Neuralgia (facial and intercostal), Sciatica,
- Anxiety, Tension, Stress, Insomnia,
- Mild and moderate Depression,
- Helps nerves recover when damaged, inflamed or strained,
- Wound healer, Skin problems, Psoriasis, Eczema, Shingles, Minor burns, Varicose veins,
- Topical for Sunburn,
- Anti-microbial, Anti-viral,
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulcers,
- Treatment of hemorrhoids,
- Menopause, Menstrual cramps,
|Musculo / Skeletal System |
- Mild painful conditions including arthritis and muscle inflammation, fibrositis,
- Ointments are also used for rheumatism and sciatica or back pain,
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE:
- 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 min.
- 2-5 ml up to three times daily.
- Apply as needed to bruises, minor burns, psoriasis, varicose veins, and wounds.
- Apply locally to sunburn.
- The plant seems to be relatively safe in humans but care should be taken due to its photosensitizing abilities. This is the case particularly with regard to fair-skinned people.
- Do not take with Warfarin, Digoxin, Anti-convulsants, Other anti-depressants,