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.
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. http://gardenfairyapothecary.com
Wishing you all great happiness and less stress! Is it time to plant yet?