St Johns wort or Hypericum perforatum is a herb that has received much media attention due to it’s ability to work with the serotonin receptors and also it’s effect on the liver pathway which serves to clear certain toxin’s ( including some pharmaceutical drugs) from the system more effectively.
Due to this attention, many people have become wary of using this herb. I say that as with all herbs you must know what you are doing and if in doubt ask your Medical Herbalist!
Hypericum perforatum is a herb that serves me well in my clinical practice and I dispense a fair amount both in tincture and Infused Oil.
Here we focus on the making and the use of the infused oil. Be sure that you are using the fresh herb in your oil making and check that you have the correct plant by holding a leaf up to the light where you will see small dots or perforations ( hence the name perforatum). Many garden varieties will not be the correct medicinal plant. Where we live, St. Johns wort grows prolifically on the chalk downlands.
This beautiful red oil is also known as the blood of St. John and you will notice as you pick the flowers that your finger tips become stained red too.
Here is how to make the Infused Oil…
The Keynote for this oil is healing of the nerves.
- I have used this oil successfully in treating Shingles ( it is also antiviral) and Sciatica.
- I have blended it with Melissa tincture and used it for cold sores.
- Add to healing balms and creams to promote skin healing of wounds and burns.
- Use neat as a drawing aid on splinters and thorns.
Just a few weeks ago a friends son stepped on a large Hawthorn, it was stuck fast and very painful for the poor lad. His mum cut his sock off and I poured some St. Johns wort oil around and on the thorn. After 5 minutes or so his Mum was able to easily remove the thorn. We then bathed the area with some Calendula tincture and by the next day he was all better!
Remember this preparation is for external use only, if you want to use St.Johns wort internally then you will have to make the tincture.. watch this space