Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

Feeling depressed?  Anxious?  Worrisome?  Sad?  I, myself, have been a bit of a bitc…ahem…not as nice as I can be lately.  My husband would agree, but probably wouldn’t dare.  This is the all consuming time called Seasonal Affective Disorder that saddens the likes of thousands of people due to the lack of daylight.  Gardeners are particularly affected, I’d guess.  There is a simple remedy for this though.  St. John’s Wort.  Named for St. John the Baptist.

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St. John’s Wort is mild enough to give to a small child before school each day and strong enough to replace anti-anxieties and anti-depressants if desired.  Most pharmaceutical anti-depressants, anti-anxieties, and chronic pain medicines are made from a lab created derivative of St. John’s Wort.  Why don’t they just use the actual plant?

Because, you can’t patent a plant.  “I remember when I made up peppermint way back.”  Nope, You Know Who upstairs is the one who created our perfect medicines to match our bodies.  You can’t patent a plant, therefore you can’t make very much money off of it.  Now, we’re back to it.  Greed.  Your welfare is not the primary drive for the pharmaceutical companies.  For if you knew that you could drink a simple tea, from a flower you might have grown, and were completely well, folks would lose a lot of money out there.  Time to take back our own health and medicine.

There is a lot of false information out there as well (generally warned on pharmaceutical sites) about St. John’s Wort.  They say not to take it if you are pregnant, if you are nursing, if you are on birth control, if you will be in the sun, and a myriad of other ridiculous warnings all to keep us away from one of the strongest and best medicines God gave us.  St. John’s Wort is very safe.

Not only does St. John’s Wort help you feel like yourself in three minutes flat, it helps you cope with things like loss, bullying in school, death, or general distress.  It also is an amazing nervine, which means that it can help heal nerve pain and nerve damage.  I have had a lot of success helping folks with Neuropathy and severe pain from cancer and post-car accidents with St. John’s Wort.  It is also great for sleeping when combined with other sleepy herbs.

Besides its nerve and stress relieving properties, it also suppresses auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Arthritis, Herpes, and HIV.  It is a great cold and flu remedy and preventative.  Because of its blood cleansing and immunity properties, it holds a place in fighting cancer.

Here’s the kicker, if you are taking any anti-depressants or chronic pain medicines you can’t take St. John’s Wort at the same time because they negate each others effects since they are virtually the same thing.  One a robot, one a plant.  Folks, the plant is better.  If you don’t take the lab created stuff, you don’t have any side effects.  Period.  Except for healing; I guess that is the side effect we were all going for in the first place!  (There is a simple solution to getting off the drugs and quickly on the herbs with no side effects though. You can contact me directly for information.)

I am not a doctor, nor do I want to be.  I don’t even trust doctors (not even my friends who are doctors).  I am a Master Clinical Herbalist which means I know my stuff about how herbal medicines work and how to make them.  I have seen some amazing things with this herb, no more amazing then on myself.  Three minutes after taking my St. John’s extract, I will feel better.

St. John’s Wort is a powerful herb, so I like to combine it with herbs of similar properties to make it more well rounded.  You can grow these herbs, or order from a place like Mountain Rose Herbs.  You can make these into a honey like in my Elderberry Honey post, or into an extract like my Cold Medicine post.  A simple tea is lovely too.

For Pain- 2 parts St. John’s Wort, 1 part Willow Bark, 1/2 part Chamomile, and 1/2 part Lemon Balm

For Sadness- 3 parts St. John’s Wort, 1/2 part of one or more of the following; rose petals, lavender, lemon balm, borage, peppermint, chamomile

For Sleep- 1 part St. John’s Wort, 1 part Catnip, 1 part, Chamomile, 1 part Skullcap

For Cold and Flu- 1 part St. John’s Wort, 2 parts Elderberries, 1 part Echinacea, 1/2 part Peppermint

I do have a Stress and Blues and a Pain Reliever already brewed up nice and strong if you should like to just purchase it.

Wishing you all great happiness and less stress!  Is it time to plant yet?

13 thoughts on “Farmacy-St. John’s Wort

  1. debweeks says:

    I didn’t know you had an on-line store and just looked thru everything. There are several I wouldn’t mind purchasing and am going to ask a question that will be very telling of my experience with the modern medical world. Are there any tinctures that should not be taken at the same time?

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Yes, the In the Mood and the Sleep Medicine. No use getting all riled up if you are just going to fall asleep! Haha, that was my husband’s answer at the farmers markets. They are all safe to use together!

      1. debweeks says:

        LOL!!! That’s a good one!!!!

        And I need to add the sleep one to my order.

        Sending you an email as well with more questions.

  2. That is fascinating. I need to check out your website. Thank you.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      So many fabulous things to learn regarding herbs!

  3. I ordered one of the tinctures off of your sight, but of course I love growing things so I was wondering how to use the dried leaves/flowers. Do you just crush them up and make a tea out of them?

    1. Farmgirl says:

      You can use them fresh but you would need three times more, so I dry mine in a paper bag (marked well or you will forget!) with a few holes in it. 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of boiling water, steep 4 minutes is the basic measurement.

  4. Rachel says:

    I have a bottle of St. John’s Wort at home, and I’m hoping to use it to treat my anxiety (which is bad), but would you say the capsules full of powdered St. John’s Wort are okay, or should I try to go for something more “natural”?

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Try them, if they work in three minutes then they are good. You can imagine how hard it would be to fit enough herbs into a little capsule and how much your body would have to work to get it out! Mine are 100% extract. The tinctures in the store are 80% glycerin and water. Mine is going to be a lot more potent. Your homemade or teas will be as well. But, instead of wasting the pills, just try it and see. If not, pitch it, and make your own or you can get some from me.

      1. Rachel says:

        Oh I’ve tried them and they don’t seem to work at all. Time for a tincture!!

      2. Farmgirl says:

        Don’t waste your money on a tincture from a store. The tinctures are called that because they are cut 80%. Make your own, make a tea, or get one from me. It is a life saver for me!

  5. Bill says:

    I’ve been doing some research lately on the use of herbal remedies in 18th Century England (it’s relevant to a project I’m working on). So much wisdom has been lost.
    My mother told me that when she was a little girl, every spring her mother would go out into the woods and fields and gather the herbs they used for medicine. She was sorry that she hadn’t paid attention in those days, because so few have that knowledge now. Thanks for carrying it on!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      It is sad how much we have lost. I am currently working on changing all the herbs in my recipes to what I can grow. Quite an undertaking! I am reading lots of great books on Native American medicine.

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