Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Growing Hypericum perforatum (aka: St Johns Wort)

COMMON NAMES:
St. John's Wort, Klamathweed, Goatweed.

This plant is a lovely Perennial with showy flowers that can tolerate and likes sandy warm soil! Back in the day they believed that St. Johns Wort could ward off evil spirits :)


PARTS USED:
Herb tops, flowers.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Does best in light, warm, sandy soil.

SUN:
Partial sun is ideal but can be grown in partial shade.

HEIGHT/SPACING:
1 to 3 feet High, plant 12 inches apart.

GROWING ZONES:
Zones 3 through 8, I am trying it here in zone 9 as a experiment.

USES:
Sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, astringent, and expectorant. Used for soooo many things like urinary and bladder conditions, lung conditions, dysentery, parasitic infestations, diarrhea and most recently as a modern-day treatment of depression.


PLANTING TIME:
After danger of frost has passed. Transplant when seedlings are around two inches tall.

STARTING:
Propagated from cuttings, seeds, or division of roots.

FLOWERS:
Late summer of second year.

HARVESTING:
Harvest when flowers are in full bloom. Both the leaves and flowers can be harvested. Cut off the upper 1/3 portion of the plant for harvest

DRYING METHODS:
Dry flowers and leaves in bundles, upside down, in a cool, dry place indoors.


PRESERVATION:
Dried flowers may be stored in an airtight glass container for up to one year. Infuse the flowers into a carrier oil for topical use. The oil is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

***CAUTION:***
People taking the herb over a long time should avoid direct sunlight. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not take this herb. DO NOT take with alcohol. Severe depression should not be treated with St. John's Wort.

DRUG INTERACTIONS:
ALWAYS ask your doctor before using any herb.
This herb should not be taken if you are currently taking any form of anxiety or depression medication, as it may interfere with the action of the drugs.

TINCTURE RECIPE:
To Make Tincture
You will need:
~ 8 oz. 100 proof Vodka
~ Pint Jar with lid.
~ 2-3 oz. Dried St. John's Wort Tops or Whole Herb fresh or dried (enough to fill jar)

1 comment:

  1. It has more uses than I new! Don't forget of my seed give away at "The Redeemed Gardener".

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