Monday, July 27, 2009
St. John's Wort
Saint John's Wort, shown here blooming in the garden, has been used for centuries for nerve pain, anxiety and mild depression. It is an effective remedy but is is suggested you try it for 3 to 4 weeks before deciding whether it works for you. We usually suggest a tincture made of the plant instead of the capsules. I love to make Red oil with Saint John's Wort. Pick the flowering tops of Saint John's Wort and place them in a wide mouth jar. Add enough olive oil so that it rises 2 to 3 inches above the herb. Place in a warm sunny location for 4 to six weeks. Strain and use it topically on any wound, swelling, bruises, sprains, etc. The oil should be a deep blood red, the redder the better.