ST JOHNSWORT (HYPERICUM PERFORATUM)

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ST JOHNSWORT (HYPERICUM PERFORATUM)

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Wonderful nervine, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, anti-viral, vulnerary, liver herb and more, St Johnswort is sometimes called “herb of the sun.”  Tiny perforations in the leaves let pin-pricks of light through when held up to the sun, giving it the latin name perforatum.  Known as an herbal anti-depressant, I find it works especially well for mild depression associated with the winter when we could all use something to “let a little more light get in.”  Strong association with the solar plexus makes it a great remedy for nervous tension held in the diaphragm and lack of willpower or difficulty sticking up for yourself.  A dropper of the tincture before a public presentation, interview, etc will work wonders!  Infused oil of the flowering tops turns bright red when left to sit in the sun and shows superior strength in healing burns, nerve damage and musculo-skeletal injuries and tension.  Long history of magical use for protection.  Will grow about anywhere but prefers recently disturbed, well-drained soil.  Likes to move around the garden and rarely stays in the same place you planted it.  Flowers to 2 ft.  Readily self-seeds, drought-resistant, and prefers full sun.  Hardy perennial to Zone 3.

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