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St. John’s Wort is considered an invasive species in some areas. We are offering the seeds to those who live somewhere that St. John’s Wort is not invasive. I feel lucky to live where St. John’s Wort has “invaded”. This perennial spreads by its underground rhizomes and also reseeds itself. Because of its root propagating habits it can often be seen growing in clumps or clusters. In places where St John’s wort has really established itself it explodes into clusters of yellow flowers announcing itself to pollinators and excited herbalists, as it is a plant with a wide range of benefits. The leaves and flowers of St. John’s Wort have tiny dark dots which contain the pigment Hypericin where much of its medicinal properties lie.

St John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum

Life cycle: Perennial / Ease of propagation: Moderate / Hardiness zone: 3-7

St. John’s Wort is considered an invasive species in some areas. We are offering the seeds to those who live somewhere that St. John’s Wort is not invasive. I feel lucky to live where St. John’s Wort has “invaded”. This perennial spreads by its underground rhizomes and also reseeds itself. Because of its root propagating habits it can often be seen growing in clumps or clusters. In places where St John’s wort has really established itself it explodes into clusters of yellow flowers announcing itself to pollinators and excited herbalists, as it is a plant with a wide range of benefits. The leaves and flowers of St. John’s Wort have tiny dark dots which contain the pigment Hypericin where much of its medicinal properties lie.

I have created infusions of St. John’s Wort flowering tops and then served as iced tea with or without sweetener and it makes a delicious caffeine-free iced tea! One fun thing about making herbal preparations from the flowering top of the plant, the infused oil, water or alcohol becomes a deep red. It is surprising to see the deep red coming from a green plant with yellow blossoms. The red color comes from Hypericin, a constituent that comes from the leafs and flowers. I really enjoy this phenomenon and another form of beauty that the plant adds to my life.

St. John’s Wort is perhaps best known for its antidepressant properties. Some people who consume the top 1/3 of the flowering herb will notice a mild sedative reaction and and uplifting feeling. Typically St. John’s wort is ingested in tincture, infusion or tea form. When consuming St. John’s Wort internally it is extremely important to use only the fresh herb in preparations, because dried St. John’s wort can cause sun sensitivity.

St. John’s Wort is a powerful anti-viral and can be used to quell viral infections such as the flu. Susun Weed has spoken of St. John’s Wort tincture being so powerful as an anti-viral that some Aids victims drink St. John’s Wort it in sufficient quantities to prevent the virus from progressing and allow them to live a quality life. Again the top 1/3 of the fresh flowering plant is used to prepare tinctures.

St. John’s Wort roots can reduce prostate inflammation and can be used fresh or dried in teas, infusions and tinctures as needed.

St. John’s Wort flowering tops can be infused in oil and used as a sun screen and coincidentally to help soothe and heal sunburns.

St John’s Wort can also help sooth sore muscles, skin inflammation and joint pain. It is especially useful for reducing nerve pain and inflammation such as sciatica or pinched nerves.

“I used the St. Joan’s wort oil every day, in fact, several times a day, as sunscreen. When I forgot to apply it to my chest the day I wore a low-cut shirt, I used it to ease the pain of my sunburn, and to turn my skin from red to tan overnight. I don’t go out in the sun without it! You may find that it takes your skin a week or more to learn how to use St. Joan’s wort oil as a sunscreen. But once it learns, you will never go back to store-bought chemical sunscreens. (Some scientists actually believe that using currently available sunscreens increases your risk of skin cancer. And the statistics seem to agree: the increase in sunscreen usage over the past two decades is exactly paralleled by increases in skin cancer rates.)”
– Susun Weed, Herbal Adventures with Susun S Weed – part 4 – St. Joans Wort

“Hypericum has been used in homeopathy and herbalism externally as a soothing anti-inflammatory for fresh, bleeding wounds, sores, burns (in all degrees), bed-sores, chaps, folliculities, abrasions and injuries from work or cleaning agents, bumps, boils, furuncles, dry and wet eczemas and insect-stings. It is also useful as a cosmetic skin-care cream for scaly, dry, or unclean skin and very effective as a massage oil for muscle spasm (remember the tetanus), cramps, stiffness, ache, overuse, sprains, bruises, articular ache and back ache, rheumatism, gout sciatica, neuralgia and poor circulation to the extremities. The oil can also be massaged into the gums for inflammation and atrophy.”
– Matthew Wood, The Book of Herbal Wisdom

“St. Joan’s/John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) lives in very sunny locations and blooms at summer solstice. I call it bottled sunshine. A dropperful of the bright red tincture taken 1-3 times daily has helped many women relieve SAD (seasonal effective disorder), move through grief, ease the physical pain of depression, and walk on the sunny side! CAUTION: Hypericum in capsules is not as effective and can cause unwanted side effects.”
– Susun Weed, Depressed? Wise Woman Ways Offer a Helping Hand

Sowing Instructions

“Seed – sow in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn or in the spring. It normally germinates in 1 – 3 months at 10°c. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. Division in spring or autumn[111, 238]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.”
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