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St. Johnswort time is upon us!

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St. Johnswort, Hypericum perforatum, is another pretty little powerhouse.  Taken internally, as an infusion (tea) or tincture, St. Johnswort is a restorative nerve tonic, good for anxiety, depression, insomnia,  irritability, menopause, nervous exhaustion, sciatica and neuralgia; due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, restorative and sedative actions.  Used externally, in cream or oil, St. Johnswort flowers bring relief from earache, burns, neuralgia and inflammation.  “The oil is especially useful in the healing of sunburn.” (1)

Legend tells us that on the battlefields, during the Crusades, the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, used Tutsan to treat their wounds.  (2) Which is why we now call Tutsan, St. John’s Wort (wort means herb).

St. Johnswort, Hypericum perforatum, grows between 1 and 3 ft tall; singularly or in clumps.

Topped with an abundance of bright yellow, 5 petal flowers, with showy centers.

St. Johnswort’s oblong leaves form whorls

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Posted June 26, 2012 by forageporage in Uncategorized

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