St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) fresh flowering tops extracted in organic cane spirits
Another herb of ancient medicinal usage, St. John's Wort is native to Europe, but highly naturalized to particular areas of North America, especially in the midwest. This plant has associations with witches, fairies, saints, and other 'holy' figures.
St. John's Wort has a powerful effect on the nervous system. Some people liken St. John's Wort to a natural anti-depressant, but I feel like that oversimplifies and pigeonholes the herb, whose virtues go far beyond just something that works against the process of depression. Consider it an herb that brings lightness and awareness to times of darkness, to support you through difficult times rather than to 'suppress symptoms of depression'. The herb supports you in your shadow work instead of helping you to avoid it.
The herb is also known to improve digestion and metabolism, and works to support the eliminative processes through the skin, kidneys, colon, and lungs.
It is also considered a first aid remedy for injuries to nerves where there are sharp, shooting paints, inflammation, and sensitivity.
In the middle ages, St. John's Wort, along with Wood Betony, was considered the primary psychiatric remedy. As Matthew Wood puts it, St. John's Wort "strengthens the enteric brain, seat of the instincts, and it is in this manner that it 'drives away evil influences'," commonly associated with dark magic at the time.
Note: There are a number of contraindications for use of St. John's Wort. This link here provides a good list. Please review before considering. Not for use for people taking SSRIs as St. John's Wort is contraindicated. And if you are taking estrogen or HRT, if your levels are "balanced" it can shift the levels a bit and could make it seem as if you are a bit deficient, while taking SJW, or overloaded if you stop. It's not necessarily a reason to not take it, but something to consider and perhaps if you do decide to try it, a lower dose and monitoring your levels is ideal.
take one 1 dropperful 3-5 times per day
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