Hypericum perforatum is sometimes called “common St John’s wort”
St. John’s wort Medicinal Properties
St. John’s Wort is a tonic for the whole body. It is a gentle rather than a cathartic cleansing remedy that improves overall function and tone of the vital body systems. It strengthens and regulates the metabolism and tones the stomach, liver and kidneys, thus helping to clear toxins from the body. Internally, a small amount of the oil or better still, the expressed juice, taken on an empty stomach is said to be effective for stomach ulcers and gastritis. As a diuretic, St. John’s Wort helps to eliminate wastes and toxins from the body, which assists the treatment of gout and arthritis. The tea is also effective for indigestion, stomach catarrh and as a vermifuge. It is recommended to only use the fresh herb or tincture as the dried herb looses much of its potency. The flowers may be used to make a compress, tincture or oil for externals use on sunburns treat wounds, cuts, bruises varicose veins and burns.
St. John’s Wort Oil
Pick the flower buds that are just about to open, or simply snip the flowers, buds and top few leaves from each plant and place them in a canning jar, [size is up to you] said to be best when picked on June 24th, but cn be picked anytime. Fill the jar packing the plant loosely.
Fill the jar with virgin olive oil making sure that it completely covers the content of the jar and tighten the lid. [Any plant left above the oil line will spoil.] Now set your mixture in the sun for 4 to 6 weeks shaking as often as possible. At the end of the time strain and store. It is a great addition to your medicine cabinet.
Warnings:St John’s Wort can render birth control pills and similar forms of contraception useless.When using St. John’s Wort, take extra care with sun protection. Do not use if pregnant or breast feeding.
Magickal Properties of St. John’s wort
Powers: Health, Protection, Strength, Love, Happiness, Repels Negativity, Attract Abundance
For protection and to attract abundance plant St. John’s wort near your front door. To repel negativity hang a sprig above your front door.
It can be burned as part of the Midsummer Ritual and used to make garlands for the Midsummer celebration. Burn St. John’s wort [use for smudging] to banish spirits and negative entities from your space.