Parts Used: Bud and flower
- Anxiety, stress and depression (taken for a 2-3 week period).
- Insomnia, sleep aid, fatigue.
- Support and strengthen nervous system.
- Support and strengthen digestive system.
- Protects liver.
- First aid: cuts, wounds, bruises, sprains, strains, burns, boils, blisters, injuries of all kinds.
- Skin Healing: repairs damaged tissues, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, itching, scars.
- Strengthen and smooth fingernails.
- Strong effect on nervous system making it useful for nerve damage and pain.
- Pain killer – take internally and apply externally.
- Jaoint pain and inflammation.
- Back and spinal pain, neck pain, concussion, shock or any injury to spinal column.
- Eases fibrositis, sciatica and rheumatic pain.
- Sore muscles, spasms, cramps and torn ligaments.
- PMS – tea or tincture internally for regulating and lessen bleeding and staunch cramps.
- Cold sores and Herpes.
- Varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
- Colds and flu.
- Infection fighter both viral and bacterial.
- Ulcers – prevention and treatment.
Methods of Use
- Squeeze the “blood” from fresh flowers over area of concern.
- Herbal infused oil with the fresh flowers is one of the most potent ways to use this herb for first aid purposes.
- Salve, balms, and ointments
- Herbal infusion (tea)
- Bath and Foot Soak, infusion or add herbal oil to the water.
- Tincture – best way to utilize the properties internally.
- Use in a toner for blemished or oily skin or as a facial steam.
In the Garden
There are several species of St. John's Wort so when wild harvesting put a leaf up to the sun to check for the oil gland circles (see photo above) that distinguish it as the medicinal variety.
Resources and Further Learning
Edible Wild Food - How To Identify St. John's Wort
Dr. Christopher's Herbal Legacy - St. John's Wort
Medicinal Herbs A Beginner's Guide
The Herbal Drugstore
Essential Herbal Wisdom