St John’s Wort ~ Hypericum perforatum
AKA: Hypericum perforatum
A wonderful healing plant that’s a must for any medicinal garden, in so saying it does spread so make sure you’ve got the space and going to use it (the flowers) or it will happily self seed everywhere. Makes a nice natural dye as well. Mrs M. Grieve in A Modern Herbal tells how there’s an ancient superstition that the herb (St John’s Wort) was so obnoxious to evil spirits that they would fly away at one whiff of the plant. In Greek Hypericum means ‘over an apparition’, pertaining to this belief. Clearly I’m not an evil spirit because I’ve never noticed its scent! 🌿All my plants are grown organically.
St John’s Wort plants for sale in NZ
- Price; $7.00
- Size; 9cm pot, grows to 600mm
- Growth Type; Expanding clump herb/Spreading (depending on climate)
Growing St John’s Wort
- Climate; Cool to mild climate
- Exposure; Does best in full sun
- Soil; Reasonably fertile
- Tips; As above, do get this only if you intend on using it. In some places it can become an invasive weed.
Using St John’s Wort
- Parts Used; Flowers (mainly) and leaves
- Medicinal Actions and Uses; Anti-inflammatory, astringent, vulnerary, sedative, analgesic. ST JOHN’S WORT CAN COUNTERACT THE PILL (CONTRACEPTIVE) AND OTHER MEDICATIONS (Please refer to the first link under Links for more information). Externally St John’s as an oil makes a fantastic relief for burns (I make some every year for my blacksmith husband www.jtimminsblacksmithing.com) as well as bruises, wounds and varicose veins. Can be used to treat depression and anxiety but may be slow to action and has to be taken for at least a month.
Links for more information
Disclaimer; The content on this website is not intended as a medical reference but as a source of information. I, SandRa Timmins (she), am not a qualified herbalist and recommend you see your GP or holistic practitioner before dabbling in herbal remedies especially for; serious/chronic conditions, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you are already taking pharmaceuticals. Treat herbal remedies with respect, they can be powerful.